Oh Hyun-gyu’s adaptation to Celtic is going well. Although he failed to score a goal on his debut, he is showing his impressive moves one after another.
Oh Hyun-kyu left Suwon Samsung for Celtic through the transfer market this winter. According to multiple media reports, the transfer fee is around 3 million euros (about 4 billion won). His annual salary is also known to be nearly 10 times higher than the amount he used to receive in Suwon.
Oh Hyun-kyu is on the pitch as soon as he transfers. On the 30th of last month, he made his debut as a substitute in the 37th minute of the second half in the 23rd round of the 2022-2023 Scottish Premiership against Dundee United. After his input, he engaged in an active physical fight with the opposing defender and made an impressive performance by moving to the side and posting a sharp cross.
Britain’s ‘The Athletic’ also paid attention to Oh Hyun-gyu. ‘The Athletic’ through an analysis article on the 2nd, “An analysis of Oh Hyun-kyu shows that Celtic is another smart signing. Oh Hyun-kyu lowered his center of gravity to receive a pass with his back to the Dundee defender. I got it back,” he explained.
“Since Postecoglu took over in 2021, Celtic’s center forwards have tended to operate in the center. However, Oh Hyun-kyu is good at running and has room on the flanks. He tried to deal with defenders. Kyogo Furuhashi or Yoh He added, “Ggos Zakumakis is not a play. Considering Oh Hyun-kyu’s strength and mobility, he is in the middle between Plan A, Kyogo, and Plan B, Zakumakis.”
Oh Hyun-kyu also received an opportunity in the 24th round against Livingston at home. He was put on the field in place of Kyogo Furuhashi in the 30th minute of the second half when the team was leading 3-0. This time, he actively ran around the attacking area, and at the end of the second half, he had a chance to make his debut goal. In the 44th minute of the second half, a ground ball cross came up from the right side of the field, and Oh Hyun-kyu momentarily threw his body toward the gate, but it did not touch his feet. Oh Hyeon-gyu held his head and regretted it.
He hasn’t accumulated an early offensive point, but it’s a positive sign that he continues to receive playing time. Coach Postecoglu is constantly putting Oh Hyun-kyu into the game, even as a substitute, to help him adapt quickly. It is a recruitment that the coach himself wanted, and since there is no striker whose style overlaps with Oh Hyun-kyu, it is highly likely that it will be used more heavily in the future. 스포츠토토