Former Celtic player Ki Sung-Yeung visited the club’s Lennoxtown Headquarters in the Campsies today, as Brendan Rodgers caught up with one of his old Swansea charges. The Irishman managed Ki when he was at the Welsh side before jumping ship to Liverpool back in 2012 when the opportunity presented itself.
Ki was signed by Tony Mowbray back in 2009 and was another very promising South Korean we decided to take the chance on. Tall, strong and athletic, the big man was also very comfortable on the ball and was a very competent technical midfielder. After Mowbray was dismissed back in 2010 after an unacceptable 4-0 defeat away to St Mirren, Neil Lennon was installed as temporary Celtic boss before being appointed full-time.
The South Korean did feature under Lennon but wasn’t a consistent starter every week in the Hoops. So, when a large bid for his services came from down in Wales, the club decided to cash in on their big midfielder and he went on his way to Swansea City, and the rest as they say, is history. He did enjoy varied success down in the English Premier League and would go onto feature for Sunderland and Newcastle too.
There was even murmurings at one point that we might have been interested in bringing him back to Paradise, although that never materialised and he’s been in Spain with RCD Mallorca and back home in South Korean football with FC Seoul most recently, whom Celtic signed him from. Whilst he’s been back in Scotland he managed to catch up with his old boss, as well as the lads who feature in our South Korean contingent in the Celtic squad of 2023.
— Jason (Hanshin) Lee (@Jasons_JaysHub) December 12, 2023