Celtic target more K-League raids after Yang Hyun-jun bid

Celtic is planning a major raid of the K-League this summer transfer window after already having launched a bid for forward Yang Hyun-jun. The Gangwon FC winger is a player the Hoops are keen to get their hands on and it is being reported that the feeling is very much mutual on the player’s part, however his club are playing hardball over his potential exit.

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With that news coming to the fore in the past couple of days, Daily Record are now reporting that Brendan Rodgers and the new-look recruitment team at Parkhead are planning to plunder more gems from the Asian continent. With a raft of Japanese players already brought to the club by ex-boss, Ange Postecoglou, it now appears that we are turning our attention to procuring more of Hyeon-gyu Oh’s countrymen this close-season.

 Oh Hyeon-Gyu of Celtic celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic FC at Tynecastle Park on May 07, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The names mentioned are forward, Eom Ji-sung and his teammate, Jeong Ho-yeon who plays as a midfield anchor man. Both men are employed by Gwangju in Korea’s top-flight league and it seems that new manager, Brendan Rodgers is very much happy to continue to tap into markets that have been somewhat underused throughout European football.

All but one of our imports from that side of the world have been a success, with Yosuke Ideguchi being the only arrival to miss the target for the Bhoys. However, it must also be said that he was unlucky when he arrived to have been so brutally attacked in a Scottish Cup tie against Alloa Athletic which stunted his potential growth and subsequent impact on the main stage at Paradise.

Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic reacts after the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully whoever the club bring in this summer can have the same impact as Reo Hatate, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Hyeon-gyu Oh.

Paul Gillespie


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