By Kevin Campbell

13th Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

Celtic tipped to sign Hatate and sell for 'big profit' after news from Japan today - Campbell

Celtic will make “big profit” by signing players like Reo Hatate from the undervalued Japanese market and selling them on down the line.

So says ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hoops’ recruitment drive in East Asia.

Celtic have been heavily linked with 24-year-old Kawasaki full-back-cum-midfielder Hatate, whose contract expires in February.

And Japanese newspaper Hochi reported today (13 December) that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for his transfer.

Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou spent three years managing in Japan before his appointment at Parkhead in June.

Sky Sports reported last Monday (6 December) that he also has forward Daizen Maeda and midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi in the crosshairs.

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Campbell applauds Postecoglou’s strategy of targeting his old stomping ground.

“It’s smart management,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Looking at Japan, they have made some moves there and they have already paid off.

“There is talent there, just like there is talent everywhere. The key is, can you tap into it?

“It’s a market Celtic are pretty comfortable with right now. It’s affordable too, which is also key.

“They can only enhance their playing staff by recruiting from there. When the time does come to sell them on, I expect they will sell them on at a big profit.”

Celtic have already had success in the Japanese market with the signing of Kyogo Furhashi, who has 14 goals and 5 assists this season.

Kyogo missed yesterday’s (12 December) 1-0 win over Motherwell at Celtic Park through injury.

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