British media reported that Oh Hyeon-kyu (21), a young gun of Suwon Samsung in the professional soccer K-League, is likely to go to Celtic FC, a prestigious Scottish club.
Sky Sports, a British sports media, announced on the 21st (local time) that the two clubs were closer than before to negotiations on the transfer of Suwon Samsung striker Oh Hyun-gyu to Celtic. Sky Sports said, “While Oh Hyun-gyu wants to go to Celtic, the Celtic side, which is confident of transferring, has also prepared a plan for a medical test.”
Celtic F.C. coach Angie Postecoglu said, “There is progress on the transfer of the squad, but nothing has been confirmed (finally),” and “we expect more progress in the next few days.” It is known that Suwon Samsung will decide its policy during the Lunar New Year holiday in relation to Oh Hyun-gyu’s Celtic FC.
On the other hand, after signing a semi-professional contract with Suwon in 2019, Oh Hyun-gyu debuted the same year and played 11 games, and in the 2020-2021 season, he joined Sangmu and resolved his military service early. Returning to Suwon after being discharged from the military, he played the role of a fixer in the 2022 season when the team was in the relegation zone, playing in 36 games and scoring 13 goals, the most in the team. In the second leg of the promotion playoff against Yang Eph-Sian, he scored the winning goal in extra time to confirm Suwon’s stay in the first division.
Oh Hyun-gyu did not make it to the final entry for the Qatar World Cup based on this kind of activity, but he was selected as a reserve member and trained with the national team in Qatar. 안전놀이터
Suwon was in a position to want Oh Hyun-gyu to remain on the team for one more season, and he, who accepted this, seemed to continue to accompany him while joining the field training. However, recently this trend has changed dramatically. According to Scottish media, etc., while Celtic once again presented conditions for a transfer fee of more than 2.5 million euros (about 3.4 billion won) and an annual salary of about 10 times, the Suwon side also reviewed the policy of not allowing Oh Hyun-gyu to transfer. Celtic was also mentioned as the next destination for Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), the “rising star” of the Qatar World Cup.
Celtic are leading the league with 20 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. They are ahead of 2nd place Rangers (52 points) by 9 points. In particular, Kyogo Furuhashi, a Japanese striker who is in the same position as Oh Hyun-gyu, is active as the main striker. On the 21st (local time), Kyogo Furuhashi scored 2 goals in the first half alone in the Scottish Football Association (FA) Cup 4th Round home game against Gnilock Morton held at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 5-0 with 2 goals and 1 assist. led the team to victory. Furuhashi, who moved to Celtic in July 2021 after playing for Vissel Kobe in Japanese professional football, scored a total of 20 goals, including 12 goals in Scottish league matches in the 2021-2022 season, and scored a total of 20 goals this season, including 17 league goals.