Celtic Sign Oh Hyeon-gyu from Suwon Samsung Bluewings
It was announced on the 25th of January, that Celtic acquired the services of Suwon Samsung Bluewings' forward Oh Hyeon-gyu on a five-year contract. The big move comes after a couple of weeks of speculation of either himself or Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor's forward Cho Gue-sung making the move to Glasgow.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has brought in a few players from the J League, using his knowledge from his time as the boss at Yokohama F. Marinos. However, this will be the first Korean K League player to make the move to the Scottish Premiership in 13 years. Michael Redmond takes a closer look at the transfer below.
Date of Birth: April 12th, 2001
Place of Birth: Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Position: Centre Forward, Also known to play Right Winger and Attacking Midfield
Style of Play: Powerful and direct. Scrappy on winning the ball and finds a lot of space on the pitch.
Honours: 2019 Korean FA Cup (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), 2021 K League 2 (Gimcheon Sangmu)
His Time in The K League
Oh Hyeon-gyu was part of the Suwon Samsung Bluewings youth set-up since 2014. The 21-year-old has made his way into the first team in 2019. Oh completed his military duty with Sangju Sangmu/Gimcheon Sangmu in 2020 and half of the 2021 season.
|Oh Hyun-kyu managed 13 goals in 36 games for Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the 2022 K League 1 season.|
Although he was pivotal in Suwon's survival in the 2022 season. There were a number of chances that were missed by Oh throughout the year. This will have to be part of his game if he improves if he is set to get game time in Glasgow.
The Korean Dry Spell Broken in Scotland
The move will make Oh Hyeon-gyu the third Korean to play in the Scottish Premiership. The other two players to make the move were Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Du-ri who were also with Celtic from 2010-2012. Sung-yueng managed nine goals in 66 games for Celtic, whereas Cha Du-ri managed two goals in 32 games.
|Ki Sung-yeung was playing for Celtic between 2010-2012|
Oh Hyun-kyu will have nine goals to beat to become the highest-scoring Korean for Celtic. Fans of the K League will hope that Oh Hyun-kyu can show fans from Europe the quality that is there in South Korea.
For football fans in Korea, we saw an influx of Tottenham Hotspur fans when Son Heung-min joined the London side and an increase of Napoli fans when Kim Min-jae fans when he made his move. The transfer of Oh Hyun-kyu could also open up the Scottish league to the people of South Korea
What is in Store for Oh Hyeon-gyu?Oh Hyeon-gyu will be involved in a Celtic team looking to retain the Scottish Premiership title. They are currently in 1st place, nine points ahead of 2nd placed Rangers. Celtic are still involved in the Scottish Cup as well as a League Cup final against Rangers in February.
Final ThoughtsThe news that Oh Hyeon-gyu is making the move to Scotland is welcoming for fans of Korean football. Oh will join a list of other national team players who play in Europe and it will also gain some recognition for the K League if he can do the job at Celtic Park.
|The move for Oh Hyun-kyu to Celtic will help him remain in the Korean national team.|