Celtic's latest January move has been coming after Ange Postecoglou's 2021 transfer statement

By Lewis Laird

January 25, 2023

Since Ange Postecoglou’s arrival at Celtic in 2021, supporters have become used to seeing the Bhoys shop in transfer markets across the globe.

Over the last four transfer windows, we have seen players arrive from a variety of countries, such as Canada, Argentina and Japan.

The Celtic manager has been able to use his knowledge and know-how of other leagues from across the globe to his advantage.

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During the 2023 January window, the Hoops have made signings from the J-League and MLS, with Alistair Johnston, Yuki Kobayashi and Tomoki Iwata all arriving at Parkhead.

And earlier today, the club broadened their horizon once more in the transfer market, signing South Korean striker Hyeongyu Oh from his homeland.

Although it is the first time Postecoglou has delved into the K-League to bring a new addition to Celtic Park, it has arguably been coming for some time.

The 57-year-old hinted all the way back in December of 2021 that the Korean market was one he had his eye on as he looks to take advantage of the underrated leagues from across the globe.

He said [The Scotsman]: “I don’t want to say that! Because everyone will go there and start looking. I’m obviously at an advantage because I worked there. It would be silly of me not to use the experience I have and the knowledge I have.

“That’s why we got Kyogo here. I was 100 per cent certain he would do well. And it’s not just Kyogo. If you look at all the big leagues around the world, you’ll see Asian players.

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“Not just from Japan but from Korea, from Australia, from Iran. There are some very good footballers on that side of the world. But if people don’t want to look there, I’m happy to be the only one.”

Ange Postecoglou has been watching K-League closely as he looks to continue building Celtic squad.

The former Socceroos boss has previously come up against some South Korean teams in the Asian Champions League during his time working in Japan.

So, he is well aware of the talent that clubs in that country have at their disposal.

Postecoglou was graceful enough to give other club’s a heads up of some of the markets he would be targeting for talent well over a year ago.

But no one seems to have taken advantage of some of the underrated markets on the other side of the world, which leaves the Hoops in a fantastic position.

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As the 57-year-old aims to continue building his Celtic team, which he will be looking to see compete at the upper echelons of European football, he is going the right way about it by using some of the most untouched and underrated markets in Asia.

Celtic haven’t just simply stumbled upon a young South Korean striker and are now taking a punt on him. A lot of work has clearly gone into the signing of Hyeongyu Oh.

And that is evidently clear by Ange Postecoglou’s statement over a year ago. The Korean market is one the Hoops have had a close eye on, and it is good to see the club continuing to improve methods of recruitment.

In other news, When Hyeongyu Oh could make his Celtic debut as Instagram, squad number and name details are released by the club.