Ange Postecoglou explains Hyeongyu Oh signing as long-term Celtic contract announced

By Lewis Laird

January 25, 2023

Celtic have confirmed the signing of South Korean striker Hyeongyu Oh from Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a five-year deal.

The 21-year-old becomes the fourth signing of the January window, joining Alistair Johnston, Yuki Kobayashi and Tomoki Iwata at Parkhead.

Ange Postecoglou has been on the hunt for a new number nine this month, with speculation suggesting Giorgos Giakoumakis could be headed for the exit door.

And he now looks to have gotten his name after supporters were greeted with a surprise signing announcement on Wednesday morning.

The one-time capped South Korean internationalist had a strong 2022 with his old club, scoring 14 goals across the calendar years.

Hyeongyu Oh’s form in his homeland appears to have caught the eye of Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment team, who made their move to bring the striker to the club.

Earlier in the window, it looked as though Celtic may struggle to bring in the young striker, with Suwon Samsung Bluewings taking a firm stance, and insisting that the frontman wasn’t for sale.

However, the striker made it clear he wanted the move to Celtic, and he has now become Postecoglou’s latest addition to his squad.

Speaking to the Celtic FC website, the Hoops boss explained the reasoning behind the youngest signing a long-term deal and expressed his delight at the signing.

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He said [Celtic FC]: “We are delighted to bring Oh to Celtic. 

“He is a young, talented striker with great attributes and someone who is ready to take the next stage in his career – a player who is hungry, eager to develop and to achieve success.

“I have watched Oh for some time, and he is the striker I really wanted as I think he will be a great fit in our squad.

“Really importantly, I know that he had his heart set on joining us too and that his own perseverance has been crucial in making this deal happen, so his determination to join Celtic has been very clear.

“We are really pleased to welcome him to the Club and look forward to working with him and settling him into our squad.”

It is certainly an exciting move for both the club and the player, as Celtic make their move for a striker in another underrated transfer market.

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Hyeongyu Oh looks like he has the potential to be a handful for opposition defenders, and he is only going to improve at Celtic and under Ange Postecoglou.

The Celtic boss has had great success in the transfer market since his arrival at Parkhead, and his latest addition certainly looks like a player who could have a big impact at the club.

I am excited to see him get underway and Paradise, and I am sure he will have been welcomed into the squad with open arms!

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