Former Celtic player Ki Sung-Yeung visits Lennoxtown

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 Sung Yueng (R) of Celtic tries to tackle Steven Davis of Rangers during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 25, 2012 . (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korean footballer Ki Sung-Yueng shakes hands with Chief Executive of Celtic Peter Lawwell during a press conference announcing he will be joining Glasgow Celtic at Nike Korea on December 21, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. Ki Sung-Yueng, has agreed a contract for up to four years with the club and will join Celtic on January 1, 2010. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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.

Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (R) fights for the ball with Celtic’s Ki Sung-Yong during the UEFA Europa League football match between Udinese and Celtic Glasgow at Friuli Stadium on December 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ANTEPRIMA (Photo credit should read Anteprima/AFP via Getty Images)

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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