Report: Former Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng's move to FC Seoul is off

By David Walton

February 12, 2020

Former Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng’s move to FC Seoul is reportedly off, according to the Shields Gazzette.

The South Korean was on his way back home to sign with his former club after Newcastle terminated his contract on transfer deadline day. However, for one reason or another, that won’t be going through the Gazzette has reported.

Ki, of course, played for Seoul before coming to Celtic back in 2010. A move back to his first-ever club perhaps signaled that his time in Europe and at the top level was coming to an end.

Ex Celtic man Ki Sung-Yueng (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, the midfielder is still only 31. He may be coming into his latter years as a footballer, but he’s hardly in his late-thirties and struggling to offer anything.

It may have been under Tony Mowbray that Ki was signed, but it was under Neil Lennon when he thrived. His most productive campaign at Celtic came under our current manager. That was back in the 2011-12 campaign when he notched seven goals and seven assists (Transfermarkt).

Ki now a veteran after Premier League years

Ki played 42 times that season as he helped secure our first Premiership title in four years. It was also that summer when he secured his £6million move to Swansea (Wales Online).

From there, Ki went on to make over 180 appearances in the English Premier League with the likes of Swansea, Sunderland, and Newcastle United respectively (Transfermarkt).

So he certainly leaves England with plenty of experience under his belt. He’s scored at venues such as Old Trafford, Anfield, and White Hart Lane too. He’s certainly done his bit down there.

Ki Sung-Yueng at Newcastle (Steven Hadlow/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, the prospect of taking him back to Parkhead could be a bit of a stretch. After all, he plays right in the heart of the midfield. Do we really need another body in there? Sure, we could’ve perhaps made an exception for Victor Wanyama, but Ki doesn’t really fall into that same bracket.

At the moment, Celtic’s midfield is a settled and solid one. Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, and Olivier Ntcham can’t be dropped at the moment. We also signed Ismaila Soro in January too, so adding Ki to the mix would feel a tad unnecessary.

It’s disappointing to see Ki having to leave England though. He made a fine impact down south and still has the qualities to play in their top division. But it feels as though he’s happy to move country if the right opportunity presents itself.

A move to Parkhead, however, is a tad far-fetched.