‘Baby Monster’ Oh Hyeon-kyu (22, Suwon) is about to advance into Europe. The next destination is Scotland’s prestigious Celtic.
Local media such as Sky Sports and HITC reported on the 25th (Korean time) that “Celtic and Suwon have agreed to the transfer of Oh Hyun-kyu.” He said he had already agreed to the personal terms. Oh Hyun-kyu’s transfer to Celtic is imminent.
If Oh Hyun-kyu wears a Celtic uniform, he will compete with Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi for the starting position. Right now, it seems difficult to push Furuhashi out. The British Football Insider also predicted that “Celtic is recruiting Oh Hyun-gyu,” but “Even if there is a new transfer, Furuhashi will not be challenged.” That’s why Furuhashi showed an overwhelming appearance at Celtic. He has scored a whopping 17 goals in 20 league games this season. He ranks first in league scoring. Out of 22 matches Celtic has played, they have built a solid position, appearing in all but 2 matches.
First of all, there is a high possibility that Oh Hyeon-gyu will support Furuhashi. It’s not a hopeless situation. Due to the difference in play style between Oh Hyeon-gyu and Furuhashi, sufficient playing time can be guaranteed depending on the tactics and game situation. From height, Hyungyu Oh is 186cm and Furuhashi is 170cm. If Hyunkyu Oh can run into the opposing defender, Furuhashi likes to dig into empty spaces. Celtic striker Giorgios Yakomakis, who served as Furuhashi’s backup this season, also played 19 league games. Yako Makis is also a 185cm tall striker similar to Oh Hyun-kyu. However, it is known that he will leave the team through the January transfer window. Connected with the Japanese J-League.
Celtic spent 2.5 million pounds (approximately 3.8 billion won) for Oh Hyun-kyu’s transfer fee. Not a small amount. It can be seen as a reflection of the will to properly use Oh Hyun-gyu.
Backups also have their advantages. The timing of Oh Hyun-gyu’s transfer is in the middle of the season, when Celtic is competing for rankings. However, since he is not the main player, he can relieve some of the burden and focus on adapting to the team. 안전놀이터
The fact that Celtic is the strongest team in the league is also advantageous to Oh Hyun-gyu. Celtic, a prestigious club in Scotland, has won the league title 52 times in total. It is the second most record after Rival Rangers (55 times). This season, they are leading the league with 20 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (61 points). Oh Hyun-kyu can gain experience in winning this season right away. Thanks to Celtic’s overwhelming power in the league, Oh Hyun-kyu is expected to have many goal chances. He can help with quick adaptation. If his debut goal is scored early, he can be confident too.
Furthermore, if Celtic goes to Europe in the Champions League, you can get a deeper and wider experience.
Celtic is also friendly to Asian players, with six Japanese players including Furuhashi currently playing. It is expected to be of great help to Oh Hyun-kyu’s adaptation.