Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou reveals the intriguing long process that went into signing Hyeongyu Oh
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has revealed that he expected Hyeongyu Oh to be one of his first signings in the January window.
But after long negotiations, at one stage, the former Socceroos manager didn’t think a move for the 21-year-old was even going to happen.
Thankfully, the perseverance of Oh means that the South Korean international is a Celtic player after signing a five-year deal at Parkhead today.
Celtic supporters were delivered an early morning boost on Wednesday as the club announced the fourth signing of the winter window.
Ange Postecoglou will have been left delighted to get this deal over the line after long negotiations to bring the striker to Glasgow.
Speaking in his first interview with Celtic TV, since Hyeongyu Oh was officially announced as a Celtic player, the 57-year-old opened up on the process behind signing the talented youngster.
Postecoglou revealed that Oh was a player himself and Mark Lawwell had identified early on before making a move to sign him in January.
Negotiations appear to have hit a block, though, and at one stage, the Celtic manager didn’t think the deal was even going to happen, stating that he had ‘lost a bit of heart’.
However, he praised the perseverance of both Oh and club CEO Michael Nicholson, with all parties finally coming to an agreement, meaning the frontman would be making the move to Paradise.
He said [Celtic TV]: “Really pleased; (Hyeongyu Oh) is someone Mark Lawwell and myself sort of identified really early on in the piece, and we thought he would be the first one through the door.
“But it’s fair to say it’s taken a while to get negotiations done and to get him here. And, really credit to the player himself and Michael Nicholson for their perseverance because there were times when I thought it wasn’t going to happen or lost a bit of heart.
“But they both persevered to get it done. So it’s great to have him here, I’m sure he’ll add to our football club; really excited by the potential he has, but also the impact he can make straight away.
“I just think he’s a really good fit for us.”
Celtic and Oh persevere to get long-term move over the line.
Right from the beginning of the January transfer window, it was made clear that one position Ange Postecoglou was looking to add to was a striker.
And he now finally has his man after the addition of Hyeongyu Oh.
It is very interesting to hear that the South Korean striker is a player Postecoglou and Mark Lawwell have had their eye on for some time.
It even seems like the Hoops made an early move to bring Oh to the club last month. But negotiations hit a stumbling block, and there was even a stage the deal looked unlikely.
However, the player pushed for the move, and that is clearly a quality that Ange loves after the youngster showcased how much he wants to be at Celtic Park.
Thankfully, we now have our new striker to add to our attacking frontline, and the Celtic manager sounds very hopeful that our latest addition can add quality to what is already at his disposal.