Hyeongyu Oh talks up potential Celtic South Korean tour

By John McGinley

March 12, 2023

Celtic striker Hyeongyu Oh loves the idea of taking the Bhoys back to South Korea and playing a match in his homeland.

It was reported by The Scottish Sun last month that Celtic were looking into the possibility of visiting Seoul while they are in Asia taking part in a much-speculated summer tour of Japan later this year.

When asked about it this weekend, Oh made it clear he’d be excited to be involved and reckons his teammates would have a great experience.

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As quoted by The Sunday Post [12/03 print edition, Post Match supplement page 2], he said: “I could never have imagined I would have the chance to go South Korea with Celtic. If it were to happen, it would be a new experience to me and I would be very proud to show them my country.

“I think they would enjoy it. The fan culture is similar to Scotland. Fans are very enthusiastic and passionate. In both countries, the supporters make you feel appreciated and I appreciate that in turn.”

Oh is still settling into life at Celtic having made just one start to date, with the rest of his nine appearances coming from the bench in the second half of matches. For his efforts, he’s bagged two goals and already started to impress teammates and supporters.

He has a physical style well suited to Scottish football but those attributes don’t come at the expense of pace of quickness of thought. All in all, he looks to be an intelligent player who can certainly play a role in this Bhoys team heading towards the end of the season and into next.

With Kyogo Furuhashi bagging goals at a rapid rate, the South Korean has a ways to go to get a regular starting berth, but at least seems up for fighting for a position in Ange Postecoglou’s team.

It’d also be great to see Celtic capitalise on the personalities within the squad to increase awareness and support of the club worldwide – so hopefully these trips to Japan and South Korea in the summer are confirmed. That confirmation likely wouldn’t be until after a title is won due to potential calendar conflicts.

In other news, Celtic keep up Champions League qualification charge with Sunday SWPL win.