Would Neil Lennon consider bringing Ki Sung-Yueng back to Celtic?

By John Reid

July 20, 2019

The return of Neil Lennon as Celtic boss unsurprisingly led to stories about some of his former Hoops players returning to the club.

For example, the Scottish Sun reported that former Hoops striker Gary Hooper was a transfer target for Lennon. So far there has been no movement on that front.

However, there is another player that was a title winner for Lennon that perhaps should be under consideration for a Hoops return. That player is Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung.

Ki only spent two years under Neil Lennon’s management. But he was a first-team regular for the Hoops in that time.

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In Lennon’s first full season as manager, Ki made 35 appearances, and in the second season he made 42 appearances. He played a key role in helping the Hoops win the league in 2012.

Ki has only improved as a player since moving to the Premier League, but he didn’t feature regularly for Newcastle last season.

He made only 19 appearances last season. It remains to be seen how often he will feature under new manager Steve Bruce.

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However, if there is any indication that he is surplus to requirements at Newcastle, you would imagine that Lennon would love to bring the player back.

He could seamlessly fit in the middle of the park. Either alongside or in place of the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.

Often players returning to clubs for the second time doesn’t work. That might not necessarily be the case with Ki.