Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou believes Reo Hatate has the potential to raise his game to “another level” after another top-drawer display against Aberdeen on Saturday.
The 25-year-old played a key role in the 4-0 win, bagging a brace for himself before being substituted with ten minutes to go. Asked about Hatate’s form in an interview after the match, Postecoglou said the midfielder is always working hard to improve his game:
“He’s another who’s just not going to settle for where he’s at. He wants to be better. He’s constantly looking for ways to improve and for ways to get his game to another level.”
“He’s not going to rest until he’s the footballer he wants to be in his mind. He’s one who, every day comes in trying to improve and he’s getting the rewards for his efforts.”
Hatate has been a revelation since his £1.4m move from Kawasaki Frontale in January last year. He announced himself with two goals and an assist in his first Glasgow derby, just a month after his arrival in Scotland, and he hasn’t looked back since then.
This season, the Japanese playmaker has scored eight times and contributed eight assists in all competitions, and he will be hoping to make a big impact when the Hoops take on Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final this weekend.