Former Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng has finalised a move to La Liga after signing for RCD Mallorca.
The Hoops were fleetingly linked with a potential January move for the former Newcastle man. The Chronicle suggested that Celtic couldn’t afford the wages in the end.
Newcastle did end up releasing the player, however, and therefore he was available on a free if Celtic wanted him. The Hoops instead signed Ismaila Soro and that seemingly covered our midfield work for the window.
But in a real positive move for the South Korean, he’s managed to bag another move to one of Europe’s top five leagues. Mallorca have announced that Ki has signed for the club until the end of the season.
Ki heads to Spain having now sampled Premier League experience with Swansea City, Sunderland, and Newcastle respectively. He also has Champions League experience under his belt too after his time at Parkhead.
Midfield not an area we need to concern ourselves with anymore
Looking at our midfield options these days, Celtic just don’t have the same need to go out and sign a player like Ki.
Look at the options we’ve now got. Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, and Ismaila Soro are all available to us. Granted, we’ve yet to see January signing Soro in action, but he wouldn’t have been signed if he wasn’t going to be a viable contender for first-team action.
Behind that, we also have some burgeoning talent coming through at reserve level. The likes of Luca Connell, Scott Robertson, and Kerr McInroy could consider themselves the future of the Celtic midfield. That’s what they’ll be aiming towards, and Celtic will look to develop those young starlets as much as possible.
Celtic won’t be looking to sell any on their midfield talents in the summer either. Then again, McGregor has been linked with a £25million offer from Leicester City (Scottish Sun). If Celtic are forced into action in that sense then an addition would likely be necessary, but the club surely won’t look for that to happen.
It’ll still be interesting to see how Ki does in a league that may very well suit him. During his time at Parkhead, his ball-striking ability and range of passing were his two most encouraging traits. It was, in retrospect, a shame that we didn’t see him stay longer in Glasgow. He was only here for two-and-a-half years and made 87 appearances (Transfermarkt). However, time moves on and he simply isn’t needed at the current moment.
Hopefully, he pushes on and makes himself a success in Spain. His qualities suggest he may very well do just that.