Reported target Ki Sung-yueng has unfinished business at Celtic

By John Reid

December 26, 2019

It has been recently reported by Football Insider that Celtic are interested in bringing midfielder Ki Sung-yueng back to the club.

The player, who is currently at Newcastle, was at the Hoops during Neil Lennon’s first spell as manager, but left in 2012 to join Swansea City. He is out of contract at the end of the season, but Newcastle could be willing to do a deal in January you would think as they presumably won’t want to miss out on a fee for the player.

Should Ki make the return to Celtic it will certainly be interesting, as it can be argued that the player has unfinished business at the club.

Part of team which should have won treble

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Ki was part of a Celtic side which had a domestic treble in the grasp of its hands, back in 2012. However, the Hoops somehow conspired to lose the League Cup Final to Kilmarnock and the Scottish Cup semi-final to Hearts. Ki featured in both of those games, and should have been on the winning side both times.

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You would think that he will be eager to make up for that disappointment should he return to the club. Ki might not get into the Hoops first-team right away should he return to the club, but he is a big game player.

Scored in notable victory

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It should be remembered that he scored in the 2011 Scottish Cup Final, a superb shot as the Hoops defeated Motherwell 3-0.

Should Ki return to Celtic, it will be a case of Neil Lennon adding a player to the squad that he knows and trusts, and feels can make an impact for the club.

Both men will be eager to make up for 2012, when the Hoops really should have won the domestic treble. If Ki returns in January and helps the Hoops achieve what they should have eight years ago then the signing will be a success.