Suwon Samsung’s ‘fixer’ Oh Hyun-kyu (22) of the professional football K League 1 transferred to Celtic, a prestigious Scottish club.
On the 25th (Korean time), Celtic announced on the club website that they had signed a five-year contract with Oh Hyun-gyu. He has number 19 on his back.
The club did not reveal the details of the contract, but the transfer fee was known to be 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won).
Suwon also said on the same day, “Oh Hyun-gyu will be active as a member of Celtic. From the club’s youth team, it is the third European advance following Kwon Chang-hoon (Kimcheon) and Jeong Sang-bin (Grasshopper).” told
Celtic is a team that Ki Sung-yueng (Seoul) was a member of from 2009 to 2012, and Cha Doo-ri, head of the FC Seoul Youth Ganghwa Office, from 2010 to 2012, and Oh Hyun-kyu is the third Korean player to join.
During the Lunar New Year holidays, Oh Hyun-gyu went through the necessary paperwork for transfer in London, England, and moved to Glasgow, Scotland, to complete his medical tests.
Celtic showed interest in Oh Hyun-kyu even before the opening of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last year.
Oh Hyun-kyu, who signed a semi-professional contract with Suwon in 2019 while attending Maetango, debuted in the K-League the same year and played 11 games, and solved the military service problem by serving in the military in the 2020-2021 season.
Returning to Suwon after being discharged from military service, he emerged as a solver for Suwon last season and exploded his potential.
He scored 13 goals (3 assists), the most in the team, in 36 K-League 1 games in the 2022 season, and led Suwon to remain in the first division with a golden goal in the second leg of the promotion playoff against FC Anyang.
Impressive in the league, he did not make the final World Cup roster in Qatar, but was selected as a reserve member and trained with the national team in Qatar.
Even though he did not play in the World Cup, Celtic’s interest in Oh Hyun-kyu did not cool down.
Celtic sent a love call to Oh Hyun-kyu four or five times, and offered a transfer fee three times higher than the first 1 million euros (approximately 1.3 billion won). 토토사이트
Initially, Suwon wanted Oh Hyun-gyu, a key player, to remain on the team for at least one more season.
Oh Hyeon-gyu also participated in Suwon’s winter battery training held in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do last month, and seemed to be putting more weight on his stay.
However, as Celtic’s courtship continued, Suwon also changed its direction to agree to the transfer.
Celtic manager Engie Postecoglu said: “We are delighted to have Oh Hyun-kyu here. He is a young, talented striker who is ready to take the next step in his career. He is hungry and eager to develop and succeed.” .
Having watched Oh Hyun-kyu, he welcomed joining, saying, “I think he will fit well in our team, so he is the striker I really wanted.”
Celtic, which is based in Glasgow, is a team that has won the Scottish Premiership (first division) 52 times in total, and this season is also leading among 12 teams (61 points, 20 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss).
Celtic, which is aggressive in recruiting players from East Asia, has six Japanese players including Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Yuki Kobayashi.