Gangwon FC chief backs Yang Hyun-jun to emulate Spurs star Son Heung-min

New Celtic recruit Yang Hyun-jun’s CEO at his former club, Gangwon FC, has revealed his belief that the youngster can emulate Spurs star Son Heung-min. Kim Byung-ji was bitterly disappointed to see his prized asset halfway through the season but nevertheless believes firmly that the Hoops newest signing can achieve great things in European football.

Winner of the Young Player of the Year in the K-League, Yang’s natural progression would be to move to a European league and Celtic will be the beneficiaries of his talent. At £2.1 million, it doesn’t break the bank and represents good business and value for money by the club, just like the other deals secured from the Asian markets over the past couple of years.

Kim reckons that the winger can hit the heights of his fellow countryman and Tottenham Hotspur superstar, Son Heung-min. “We have let Yang leave to support his football future and dreams” he said, via Scottish Sun. “When I look at Son Heung-min and other players, I see how much hope and joy they give to the people of Korea.I want Yang to do the same. I want him to help the development and status of football in our country.

“To be honest, I don’t want to let him go. I hate sending him away from our club. But the stories are true. He is transferring to Celtic and I hope he does well. The transfer fee is €2.5million and I am sure that he will become an even better player in the coming years.This transfer has caused us a lot of worry.

“I first heard about it in May and my thought was that it would happen in the winter. We said that we would think about any good offers that came then, but then the circumstances changed. Fortunately, we have recruited players and we are in a space where Yang can leave now. I thought that I should back Yang’s dream for the development of Korean football. It would be nice if he goes to Celtic and does well there.”

Yang is set to be joined in the Scottish Premiership by his comrade Kwon Hyeok-kyu of Busan IPark. The big midfielder is set to become another summer signing from Korea for the Bhoys and his skillset should prove to be a very welcome addition to the team. Excelling at defensive actions and winning duels, this reinforcement of steel in the middle of the park will be invaluable next term.

Paul Gillespie

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