Celtic’s will to have Oh Hyun-kyu (Suwon Samsung) was stubborn. Even after being rejected, he knocked on the door with a bigger offer.
Oh Hyun-kyu, who made his name known as the ’27th Taegeuk Warrior’, challenges the European stage. He approached his dream wearing the shirt of the prestigious Celtic in Scotland.
Oh Hyeon-kyu, who was born in Suwon Youth, jumped into the professional stage by signing a semi-professional contract when he was in high school. After completing his military service early, he showed his full potential last season. He recorded 13 points and 3 assists in 36 league games, tied for fifth in scoring.
In a decisive situation, he also showed off his solver instinct. He scored a dramatic winning goal just before the end of extra time in the second round of the promotion playoff against FC Anyang, leading Suwon to remain in the K League 1.
When he showed great success in the K-League, he even joined the A national team. Although he was not an official member, he joined the reserve roster and helped in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Celtic’s interest, which had continued even before the World Cup, has grown. After continuing to court Suwon, he succeeded in embracing Oh Hyeon-gyu.
An official from Suwon said on the 25th through ‘Sport TV News’, “It is correct that Oh Hyun-kyu goes to Celtic.”
“Before the World Cup, there was an offer of 1 million euros (about 1.3 billion won). Modified the offer and continued to inquire. He declined four times, but at the end his player salary also increased significantly. He explained that the final transfer fee is 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won).”
When the rumor of Oh Hyun-kyu’s transfer to Celtic broke out, Suwon’s position was clear. With the duration of his contract remaining, he planned to play just one more season to help advance to Europe.
But Celtic’s courtship was persistent. An official said, “Celtic strongly requested it. I wanted to play for about a year more, but as the condition itself grew, 먹튀검증 I crossed the persuasive line. He also had to think about the player’s position. As can be seen in the cases of Kwon Chang-hoon and Jeong Sang-bin, we do not block the entry into Europe.”
It was also difficult to film the greetings to the fans. An official said, “As the situation was urgent, Oh Hyun-gyu could not even say hello to the team. When he heard that he was going to Scotland, he hurriedly filmed a one-minute farewell video,” he said.
Now, Suwon has to fill the void left by Oh Hyun-gyu. An official said, “It is regrettable for the coach, but he decided that he had to let him go for the player’s dream.” Since then, I have been working behind the scenes and have made various proposals. He said that he has selected a lot of candidates,” he said.