Oh Hyeon-kyu (22) of Suwon Samsung in the K-League 1 professional soccer team challenged himself to the European stage by joining Celtic, a prestigious club in Scotland. 메이저사이트
On the 25th (Korean time), the Celtic club signed a five-year contract with Oh Hyun-gyu and announced the news of the recruitment, and the Suwon club also said, “We support Oh Hyun-gyu’s new future and great performance.” Oh Hyun-kyu’s shirt number is 19, and the transfer fee is known to be 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won).
With this, Oh Hyun-gyu became the third Korean player to play for Celtic, following Ki Sung-yong (Seoul FC) and Cha Doo-ri (retired) from 2009 to 2012.
I couldn’t play in the World Cup… Oh Hyun-
gyu, the Celtic I wanted, said in an interview on the Celtic club’s website, “I’m glad I came to the club I’ve really wanted to go to since I was a child, and it seems like the moment I dreamed of has come true.” , I want to go to the European Champions League and go up high.”
Oh Hyun-kyu, who signed a semi-professional contract with Suwon in 2019 while attending Maetango High School, debuted in the K-League 1 the same year and played 11 games. In the 2022 season, he scored 13 goals (3 assists), the most in the team, in 36 K-League 1 matches, and in the second leg of the promotion playoff against FC Anyang, he made his presence known by leading Suwon to remain in the first division with a golden goal.
Celtic, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has won the Scottish Premier League 52 times and is a prestigious club with a long history of winning the European Champions League once.
In particular, the ‘Old Firm Derby’ against the Rangers with the same connection is famous enough to be considered as one of the rival matches representing European football. Celtic are leading the Scottish Premier League this season with 20 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, with Rangers in second place chasing them.
Celtic has a deep relationship with Asian football beyond Korea. In 2009, Ki Sung-yong played for FC Seoul before moving to Celtic and staying there for 2 years and 6 months. At the same time, Cha Doo-ri came over from the German Bundesliga and played together, leading Celtic to win the Scottish Premier League in the 2011-2012 season.
Recently, six Japanese players, including Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, and Yuki Kobayashi, have been active and are establishing themselves as Celtic’s core force.
<Forbes> said, “Unlike England, where it is difficult for foreign soccer players to obtain work visas, Scotland has an exception, so it is advantageous to recruit foreign players.” They are playing the role of a stepping stone to advance to the European big leagues.”
Celtic manager Angie Postecoglu said: “We are delighted to have signed Oh Hyun-kyu, he is a young and talented striker ready to take the next step in his career. He is always hungry and eager to develop and succeed.”
Attention is focusing on whether Oh Hyun-gyu, who had the opportunity to advance to Europe as a reserve player for the national team, will prove his worth at Celtic and become a ‘Cinderella’.
Oh Hyun-kyu’s strength is that he has excellent physical skills. With a height of 185cm and a solid build, he excels in physical combat and actively participates in defense, so expectations are high that he will work well in the European stage where his activity is high.
Selected for the under-23 national team and participated in the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers, scoring a goal in the second leg of Group H against East Timor, winning 6-0 and helping to advance to the 5th consecutive U-23 Asian Cup finals added
In addition, he was selected for the adult national team for the first time as he caught the eye of coach Paulo Bento, and in the 2022 Qatar World Cup opening ceremony and evaluation match against Iceland held at Hwaseong General Match Town in November 2022, he was replaced by Cho Kyu-seong in the 27th minute and made his A-match debut. .
Although he did not make it to the final entry for the World Cup, he joined the national team as a reserve player and accompanied him to Qatar, helping fellow players train and advancing to the World Cup round of 16 for the first time in 12 years.