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Celtic: Ange Postecoglou must axe Reo Hatate

Celtic’s title party has been put on hold after they failed to beat their rivals at Parkhead in the Premiership on Sunday.

The Hoops took the lead through Jota’s strike but failed to kick on as they missed a number of excellent chances to improve their advantage.

This allowed the opposition to get back into the game and eventually find an equaliser through Fashion Sakala in the second half.

One player who struggled throughout the match was central midfielder Reo Hatate as his poor run of form for the Hoops continued.

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He let Postecoglou down in the last Old Firm outing at the start of April and also put in a disappointing display against Ross County last week as he lost 100% of his duels and failed to complete any of his attempted dribbles – as per SofaScore.

Hatate’s performance today did little to help his case to continue starting matches as he was nowhere near good enough against Rangers. Fan media outlet Celtic1967 dubbed him “sluggish” and that is exactly what he was on and off the ball.

Out of possession, he was a lightweight. Via SofaScore, he lost 100% of his duels as he came out second-best in all six of his battles. He did make two interceptions, three if you include him stopping an inflatable from disrupting the play, but was also dribbled past three times as the Light Blues midfielders got the better of him too often.

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On the ball, the £14.5k-per-week gem only completed 13 passes in 61 minutes on the pitch. He did create one chance for his teammates, though, and was successful in one of his two crosses, although he did not manage a single shot or completed dribble before he was substituted.

Following this display, and his previous performances against Rangers and Ross County, Postecogou must brutally axe the Japan international from the starting line-up.

Celtic play Hearts at Parkhead on Saturday and Hatate must be dropped to the bench for that outing as he has not been good enough, consistently, in the last few weeks. The Hoops cannot afford to keep playing a player who is a liability in matches on a regular basis.

With just two games left in the season, the midfielder should be rested/axed from the start for the remainder of the campaign and have the bit between his teeth to improve over the summer and come back fit and firing for 2022/23.

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