A number of Celtic players have been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur since Ange Postecoglou left Parkhead to move to the London club at the end of last season. The Australian has proven himself there as well and has them in the Premier League title race despite missing several key players through injury.
Postecoglou played a major part in identifying and bringing a lot of players to Celtic during his two years at the club. Thus, it would be no surprise if he is interested in reuniting with one or more of them in London.
There has already been talk of Tottenham Hotspur potentially signing Jota this January. It remains to be seen if that transpires or not.
On the other hand, both Kyogo and Daizen Maeda have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur at one point or another. But Kenny Miller appears to believe that Reo Hatate is the likeliest out of Celtic's Japanese players to make the move.
Celtic player tipped to join Ange at Tottenham Hotspur
"If it’s one of the Japanese players, it would more likely be Hatate, more than the other two.
“My concern would be, and I know Ange obviously signed him and he knew him well that’s why he brought him over, he had a wonderful season or half-season last year. But I think the injuries and I don’t think his form has been particularly great in the last 8-10 months.
“Do I think he can play at the top of his game? Absolutely I do. He came in and he looked all energy and an all-action midfielder. He can be building the play alongside Callum McGregor also. We have seen the goals he has scored in the early stages of his Celtic career as well. He can see a pass. Very, very comfortable on the ball.
“So, I think he could fit into the English Premier League – there are a lot of questions if he would go to Tottenham. But if it was going to be one of the Japanese players, then Hatate would be at the top of that for me."
Hatate is one of Celtic's best players, if not the very best, when fit and on form. Unfortunately, he has not had the best season this time around.
He has been dealing with injury problems. And even when on the pitch, he has appeared to be trying to adjust to Brendan Rodgers' system.
It is only recently that Hatate returned from an injury. But now, he is away with the Japan national team, as he will be representing them at the AFC Asian Cup.
It is unlikely that Hatate would leave this month, especially due to the fact that he has not played much football this season due to his injury issues. It is also worth pointing out that he signed a contract extension not too long ago. Let's see what the future holds.