The transfer of Suwon Samsung striker Oh Hyeon-gyu (22) to Celtic, a prestigious club in Scotland, has been confirmed.
The Celtic club officially announced the recruitment of Oh Hyun-gyu through social media (SNS) on the 25th. His contract lasted 5 years and he was given the number 19 shirt. Celtic, based in Glasgow, is a strong team that has won the Scottish Premiership (first division) 52 times in total. This season, they are also leading (61 points) among 12 teams. According to the Suwon club, Oh Hyun-gyu went through the paperwork required for the transfer in London, England during the Lunar New Year holiday. He then moved to Glasgow, Scotland, to complete his medical examination.
Celtic sent a love call to Oh Hyun-gyu before the opening of the Qatar World Cup last year. Even after Oh Hyun-kyu was banned from participating in the World Cup, Celtic’s interest did not cool down. It is known that Celtic sent love calls a total of 4-5 times. The final transfer fee for Oh Hyun-kyu is known to be 3 million euros (about 4 billion won), which is three times more than the first proposed 1 million euros (about 1.3 billion won). On the 23rd, British Sky Sports said, “Celtic has agreed to pay 2.5 million pounds (approximately 3.8 billion won) in transfer fees for Oh Hyun-kyu.”
Celtic is a team already familiar to Korean fans, with Ki Sung-yong (Seoul) serving from 2009-12 and Cha Doo-ri, head of the FC Seoul Youth Ganghwa Office, from 2010-12. Oh Hyun-kyu said, “(Ki Sung-yong and Cha Doo-ri) are people I have always admired. Ever since I was young, I’ve been dreaming of watching the players play at Celtic.” I am excited to be there. I want to do well like those players and achieve their goals even higher.” Celtic, which shows a lot of interest in East Asian players, already has six Japanese players, including Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda.
Oh Hyun-gyu, who made his professional debut in Suwon in 2019, served in the military in the 2020-21 season at Sangmu. He stood tall as a fixer from last season when he returned to Suwon after his discharge. He scored 13 goals, 스포츠토토 the most in his team, in 36 league games in the 2022 season. In the second leg of the promotion playoff against FC Anyang, he led Suwon to remain in the first division with a final goal that was like gold. He did not make it to the final list of 26 for the Qatar World Cup, but was selected as the 27th reserve member and trained with the national team in Qatar.
Oh Hyun-gyu said, “I’m really excited and happy to come to the city I saw in the movie. It’s really like a dream, so I think the days ahead will be filled with happy things.” . So, “He’s very reckless and can fight well against the opponent’s defenders. I think he can score a lot. I want to score a lot here and win the championship together. I want to go to the Champions League and go up high.” “He also revealed his ambitious goals.
Celtic manager Angie 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.” .