Report: Celtic are interested in signing former Hoops star Ki Sung-yueng

By John McGinley

December 24, 2019

Celtic are interested in bringing Newcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng back to the club, according to a report from website Football Insider.

The outlet cites Celtic sources that have told them Neil Lennon is interested in bringing the 113-cap South Korean international back to Celtic Park, seven years after he left for Swansea City.

Ki has played for the Magpies just three times this season and appears to have been completely sidelined by manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce made it clear earlier this month that the 30-year-old could be on his way out of the club in January, telling The Chronicle: “Ki is another one – I’m sure there’ll be two or three.

“If you’re not paying regularly when you get to a certain age, you’re entitled to knock down the door. I know what I was like. I wouldn’t accept that I couldn’t play on a Saturday.”

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Would he be a good signing?

Ki never quite managed to fully convince the entirety of the Celtic support during his first spell at the club but he was a highly technical player whose ball retention and passing abilities were very useful in the middle of the park.

Clearly he is unlikely to be replacing Scott Brown or Callum McGregor anytime soon, but he could be a useful squad option if the financial aspects of the deal are reasonable.

Former Celtic star Ki Sung-yueng / (Photo by GRAHAM STUART/AFP via Getty Images)

His current contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of this season so he’s likely to be something of a bargain.

Since leaving Glasgow he’s managed to make 187 English Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt) and that kind of experience is nothing to scoff at.

With Nir Bitton and Olivier Ntcham available in the middle of the park and talents like Luca Connell threatening to emerge, things could be a little crowded in midfield, but a motivated Ki returning to Celtic with a point to prove certainly isn’t something to dismiss out of hand.