There’s no doubt that Ange Postecoglou is especially delighted to have brought South Korean striker Oh to the club. The Celtic manager was happy to talk in detail earlier this afternoon about the latest arrival and what he reckons that Oh will bring to his team.
“I am really pleased to get him and it is one that seems like it has gone on for a long time. I said earlier in the week that Mark Lawwell and myself identified him pretty early,” Ange Postecoglou explained at today’s Media Conference ahead of the Scottish Premiership match on Sunday afternoon against Dundee United at Tannadice.
“We thought he would be the first one in the building but obviously, understandably, his club were not keen on letting him go. He only broke through there and was really important for them last season.
“His form just kept getting better in the latter half of the season and was called up to the South Korean national team. He was a part of their World Cup squad even though he did not play.
“There were times that I thought the deal would not happen but credit to Michael Nicholson and everyone working with him. Also, the player themself as they kept persisting. We were delighted to get him in and get him working with the group.
“He is a young guy but is also very mature. He has made some strong choices during his career and has done his military training. He worked hard to keep his side up last season. We are really pleased to get him in.
The Celtic manager wasn’t ready to commit to exactly when we’re likely to see Oh playing but reckons it will be soon. “We will see how he goes. He has obviously been training and doing pre-season with his club over the last few weeks,” Ange said.
“Looking at him he is in good physical condition. He has not played since November and it has been a big week for him in terms of the travel and the signing process. We will see how he goes but I am keen to get him involved as soon as possible.”
On Kyogo being able to nurture his new signing Ange Postecoglou wasn’t completely sure but reckons that there is something in that. “To an extent but I do not think Kyogo is in his prime yet. He still has a way to go and he is only going to get better. You have to remember with Kyogo and some of the other Japanese lads they only got into senior football recently so they tend to be late developers.
“I still think Kyogo has his best football ahead of him. For me age isn’t important, it is all about the contrast in styles and what the guys can bring to the squad in terms of different attributes.”
Watch Ange Postecoglou’s Media Conference below…