Celtic's move for Oh Hyeon-gyu is another positive sign of improvement to recruitment plans

By Lewis Laird

January 23, 2023

As Celtic close in on the signing of Oh Hyeon-gyu, there are yet more signs of how the Bhoys’ recruitment planning has continued to improve under Ange Postecoglou.

In just over a week’s time, the January transfer window will come to an end. However, the Hoops are currently in no rush for any more new additions.

Yuki Kobayashi, Alistair Johnston and Tomoki Iwata all arrived before the window had opened. And Oh Hyeon-gyu looks set to become the fourth signing in the January market.

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Reports from the Scottish media earlier today stated that the 21-year-old frontman was closing in on a £2.5 million move from South Korean side Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

It should bring Ange Postecoglou’s chase for a new number nine to an end, with Giorgos Giakomakis’ Celtic future still in the air. However, it is also a sign of continued improvement in the club’s recruitment under the former Socceroos boss.

Earlier in the transfer window, the striker Celtic appeared to be chasing as their number one target was Cho Gue-sung.

There seemed to be positive talk surrounding a potential move to Parkhead for the Jeonbuk striker, and the Bhoys would have to beat off competition for his services.

Although there is plenty of interest in Cho Gue-sung, the South Korean international remains at his current club, with just over seven days left in this month’s window.

So, Celtic have clearly given up on waiting for a response from the 24-year-old and have instead moved on to another target in Oh Hyeon-gyu.

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Celtic’s recruitment plans continue to improve under Ange Postecoglou as Hoops move on to another target.

It is very much the correct stance to take, and you would struggle to find many Celtic supporters that would disagree with not waiting around for Cho.

The club’s recruitment plans should very rarely be impacted by waiting around for a player’s decision, and alternative options should be considered.

In previous years, we have been stung by these sorts of mistakes in the transfer market. However, under the stewardship of Postecoglou, we appear to be taking steps in the right direction.

The recruitment team deserve great credit for the way they have conducted their business this window, bringing three new signings to the club before the window is even open.

Of course, there are always areas that can be improved upon, and I am sure the staff at the club will always be looking to take those necessary steps.

But it has been positive to see the moves we have made in recent months in the market, and moving for Oh Hyeon-gyu appears to be another positive sign, in my opinion.

Rather than waiting around for players or agents, we have instead moved on to another target. So here’s hoping he can settle in, and get going in the green and white, once the move is officially over the line.

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