Ange Postecoglou addresses Hyeongyu Oh's big missed chance in Celtic defeat to Rangers

By John McGinley

May 13, 2023

Ange Postecoglou reckons Hyeongyu Oh will learn from his big missed chance at Ibrox in today’s Celtic defeat to Rangers.

Michael Beale’s outfit opened the scoring very early on through Todd Cantwell but almost immediately the Bhoys were up the other end of the pitch with a danger of their own. Liel Abada fed a lovely ball through to Oh, with the South Korean striker bearing down on Robby McCrorie. His dinked effort frustratingly hit the post.

It was one of two or three huge moments in the match that the Bhoys should have capitalised on to change the course of the 3-0 loss.

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After the match, Postecoglou admitted that Oh probably should have hit the back of the net but reckons his striker will use it as motivation, just like Kyogo Furuhashi does.

The Celtic boss said [Glasgow Times]: “It is a big moment. hey were up for it, the crowd were up for it and they get a goal. If we could hit back straight away, it takes a bit of the momentum out of them.

“The big man probably should have put it away. He hits the post, so it wasn’t far off. I think it is a bit of a learning experience for him as well. When he looks at someone like Kyogo, he misses goals too, but it doesn’t affect him afterwards. He is still running his socks off for the team. In the second half, I just felt we almost accepted our fate rather than sort of going out there to try and change the course of the game.”

The reality is that a lot of people will be forming opinions about Oh after today’s game. He was one of those players in the spotlight. But it’s important to remember it was only his second-ever start in a Celtic shirt and it’s far too early to make definitive judgements on him, positive or negative.

He’s netted four goals already in his Bhoys career and has plenty of time to prove he is up to the standard we require. Many of the early signs have been positive. Today wasn’t ideal for him, or any of the players on the pitch, even those who are usually relied upon.

Postecoglou will certainly be keeping the faith and an extensive pre-season with Celtic should be a huge benefit to the South Korean international ahead of his first full season in green and white.

In other news, Callum McGregor owns up after poor Celtic showing vs Rangers.