As soon as Oh Hyun-gyu (22, Celtic) advanced to Scotland, which is ranked 9th in the UEFA league rankings, he is showing his scoring ability that surpasses that of his Korean days.
Celtic won the 2022-23 Scottish First Division 29th round home game 3-1 against Hibernian on the 19th (Korean time). In the 36th minute of the second half, Oh Hyun-kyu entered the penalty box from a corner kick and headed David Turnbull (24)’s cross to the winning goal.
He scored a goal in the 21st minute after coming on as a substitute. It is the 2nd Scottish League and 3rd goal for Celtic this season, including the cup competition.
Celtic, ranked 56th in the European club rankings, signed a 5.5-year contract with Oh Hyun-kyu in January until the 2027-28 season. The 2.8 million euros스포츠토토 (approximately 4 billion won) invested for the recruitment is the highest ever transfer fee for a Korean from K League 1 Suwon Samsung.
Oh Hyun-kyu has already scored 3 goals while adapting to the Scottish stage by playing 10 games and 233 minutes after joining Celtic. He is scoring 1.16 points per 90 minutes and scoring one goal every 77.7 minutes.
From May 2020 to November 2021, during the military service of the Armed Forces Sports Corps, 40 games, 9 points, and 6 assists, the average attack point in 90 minutes was well over 0.92.
If you record a goal + assist one by one in full-time No. 2, you are classified as a top-notch attacking resource anywhere. Oh Hyun-gyu was not only the managing director, but also at Suwon Samsung. (53 goals, 5 assists / 0.53 attack points per 90 minutes in 53 games)
However, less than 50 days after making his Celtic debut, it is a growth that exceeds expectations to become a super sub that boasts an average score of more than 1 goal per 90 minutes. He also experienced his first European win, playing 14 minutes in the Scottish League Cup final.
As a national team member, he participated in the 2020/2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19/23 Championship qualifiers. He made his A-match debut in a home match against Iceland in November last year.
Oh Hyun-kyu, as a reserve player, drew attention in earnest by accompanying the entire process of the finals from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar national team convocation to the round of 16.
Korea, ranked 25th in the world, will begin preparations for the AFC Asian Cup finals to be held in January-February 2024 with a home evaluation match against Colombia (24th) and Uruguay (28th), 16th.
Oh Hyun-kyu was ordered to call up the national team for the match between Colombia and Uruguay by new coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany). An opportunity to leap from Qatar World Cup reserve player to Asian Cup main striker is coming.