Senior Celtic officials were in South Korea this week ahead of an exciting summer for the club on and off the pitch.
As has been well reported by now, Celtic have been looking into the possibility of an Asian tour this summer to warm up for the 2023/24 campaign and increase the Bhoys’ visibility on that side of the world.
It has been reported by numerous Japanese outlets that the Bhoys could well be facing Ange Postecoglou’s old club Yokohama F.Marinos in July with big European sides such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain travelling to Japan during the same time period.
Any structure of a tournament involving Celtic and these teams has not yet been made clear but a couple of glamour ties are expected.
The Bhoys have also been considering a stop off on Seoul to capitalise on the interest in national team star Hyeongyu Oh who looks to be a big part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s international plans moving forward.
Chief Executive Michael Nicholson and other Celtic officials travelled to South Korea this week, lending more credibility to all of these reports as we draw ever nearer to the off-season.
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Former Bhoys midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, currently playing for FC Seoul, posted an image on his Instagram Stories on Thursday meeting up with club staff and being presented with a new edition of the Hoops with his name and number on the back.
It is believed that there will not be an official announcement of any pre-season Celtic plans until after the league title is officially won. That would clear Celtic’s calendar for the summer and ensure that no preparation would be necessary for UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
Celtic certainly seem to be planning ahead for a big few months, with the luxury of automatic entry into the group stages of that tournament and smart international recruitment allowing the club to explore new opportunities.