Striker Oh Hyun-kyu (22), who became the third Korean player ever to join Scotland’s prestigious Celtic, successfully made his regular league debut. His sharp crosses, vigorous activity, and strong physical condition (height 185cm) showed some of his confidence shown at his joining press conference.
On the 30th (hereinafter Korean time), Celtic won 2-0 in an away match against Dundee United, a Scottish professional football premiership in the 2022-23 season, held at Tanardyce Stadium in Dundee, Scotland, England.
Oh Hyun-kyu stepped on the pitch in the 37th minute of the second half when the team was ahead 2-0, being replaced by the main striker Kyogo Furuhashi. In his debut match, he didn’t have an attack point, but his movements were light. In a short period of time, he made a mark on director Angie Posteco Glu with a high level of activity.
Although the referee’s whistle was called, he intelligently used his back in the 42nd minute of the second half to save the ball stem. In addition, he showed off his compliant physical fighting ability that did not get pushed back in the competition with the opponent’s defender three or four times.
In the second half of extra time, he opened the bow with a sharp cross. He left a lasting impression by dropping an exquisite and quick cross between the Dundee defense and the goalkeeper on the right flank.
Whoscored.com, a soccer statistics website, gave Oh Hyeon-gyu a rating of 6.3. Even with a short playing time, it was the third highest among seven fellow strikers who stepped on the pitch that day.
It was followed by Jota (8.4), who scored the winning goal, and Riel Abada (6.5), who had a high defensive contribution with two successful tackles. Furuhashi, the undisputed main forward who is leading the league in scoring with 17 goals this season, received 6.2 points.
Oh Hyun-gyu, who played for Suwon Samsung in the K League 1 last year, signed a five-year contract with Celtic on the 25th. He became the third Korean Celtic player ever, after Ki Sung-yueng (Seoul), who wore a Celtic uniform from 2009 to 2012, and Cha Doo-ri, who played from 2010 to 2012.
He appealed for his confidence from the press conference on the 27th. Unlike Europe, when a local reporter asked Oh Hyun-kyu, who is out of season in winter, “Are you ready to play?”, he answered with a smile, “No problem,” drawing attention.
“I can show a stronger side than anyone else in the penalty box. When the ball is put into the penalty box, I can score a lot of goals through good positioning,” he said. “I want to make an impressive debut. I want to make an unforgettable debut.” He threw a courageous vote. 메이저사이트
The first step is not bad. Attention is focusing on whether Oh Hyeon-gyu will be able to establish himself as the team’s second striker, replacing Furuhashi’s back-up, Georgios Yakumakis, as expected by the club. Oh Hyun-kyu greets the home fans for the first time against Livingston on the 2nd of next month.