Brendan’s Kwon Plan – “I think the plan is to let Callum move forward into his best role”

Hyeokkyu Kwon was the third new Celtic signing to speak to the media at Celtic Park yesterday afternoon.

The Korean midfielder, just like his fellow countryman Hyunjun Yang and the Polish central defender Maik Nawrocki, was just as excited to have signed for Celtic.

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Here’s how Hyeokkyu Kwon got on speaking to the media…

Kwon on his excitement at going Celtic: “I am so excited to be at this club, where I always watched on television where Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Du-ri played.”

Kwon on his  memories of watching both those players playing for Celtic: “I remember watching Ki Sung-yueng, who is one of my favourite ever players, score from a long-distance shot and I would like to score one of those type of goals in my time at Celtic.”

Kwon on whether Oh signing in January heightened the interest in Celtic in Korea? “Celtic is obviously one of the Champions League teams so is already well known in Korea. That is one of the reasons it was one of my dream clubs.”

Kwon on his initial impressions of Celtic: It is all very new to me, in terms of the club and Scotland as a country, but thanks to the club and its staff, who were friendly to me, I feel very welcome. They have made me feel very comfortable and I feel I can show my best at Celtic.”

Kwon on whether linking up with Yang in the Celtic team excites him: “I am very excited because I have experience with Yang as a player from the under-23 national team and I know he is a very good player. As a midfielder, I am looking forward to assisting one of his goals.”

Kwon on looking forward to playing for Celtic in the Champions League: “The Champions League has always been a dream for me but I am very confident that I can do well and it is very good chance for me to improve as a player so when a chance is given I will do my best.”

Kwon on being ready to come in and help Celtic win more trophies: “I know it was a successful season last year and I know because of that a lot of fans are having high expectations but I personally think it is a new season with a new manager and I want to focus on this season. I think we can have good results.”

Kwon on whether working with Brendan Rodgers is an attractive thought: “I do not have experience in the Scottish Premiership but I have experience in the K2 League and I look forward to bringing what I can for the new manager.”

Kwon on whether it was always his dream to play his football in Europe: “Yes, it was always my dream to come to a big European club and that is why I had to sort out my military issue in Korea. I am very honoured to be here and I think it is a new chance for me to show who I am.”

And here’s some reaction from the Celtic support to what Kwon had to say…

“I remember the Ki long-range goal he talked about. I went nuts back then. I really like East Asian footballers, and it was great seeing Ki work his magic. I hope Kwon can do great”…”He definitely fills the shirt Good luck young man”…”Welcome Kwon we are very excited to have you play for us. Exciting season ahead”…”Welcome to Celtic. It’ll make it easier with all of the countrymen together”…”The Bhoy looks like an absolute unit (not compared to the wee lassie beside him). Been trawling games and I think the plan is to let Callum move forward into his best role.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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