Hyeongyu Oh influence at Celtic growing already; brilliant Matt O'Riley comments

By Hamish Carton

March 8, 2023

Hyeongyu Oh may only have joined Celtic a few weeks ago, but his influence at the club already seems to be high.

The South Korean forward joined as our final signing of the January window, and has since netted two goals, both against St. Mirren.

But while supporters are still waiting to get a proper look at the 21-year-old, his Celtic team-mates seem to really like what they see.

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Matt O’Riley was asked about new signings settling in quickly during Tuesday’s pre-Hearts press conference. (Celtic YouTube, 09:25 onwards)

“Like I said earlier about the culture of bringing in good people. Those two are the perfect examples of two really good people.

“Ali [Johnston] is a really chatty, friendly guy. To be honest, Oh is as well.

“As much as his English is not perfect, he’s really making an effort to speak with the boys, and adapt to the UK culture.

“I think a lot of the boys have taken to him really quickly. Hopefully the fans do as well.”

Travelling to the other side of the world at the age of 21 is no mean feat.

Settling in and making an impression on your new team-mates is worthy of even more praise.

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It’s early days with Oh, but he seems to be a really good fit for the way we play. He offers a physical presence Kyogo doesn’t, but still seems able to run the channels on occasion, unlike Giorgos Giakoumakis.

The smiles from his team-mates when he netted on Sunday go hand-in-hand with O’Riley’s comments.

It’s been a positive start. Like the rest of the Celtic squad, there’s so much more to come.

In other news, Anthony Ralston is yet to play for Celtic in 2023 but could tonight be his night?