It was clear why coach Hwang Sun-hong wanted him. ‘Baby Monster’ striker Oh Hyun-kyu (22-Celtic), who has quickly adapted to the European stage, struck again.
Oh started up front for Celtic’s 2022-2023 Scottish Premiership away match against Hibernian at Easter Road in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept. 25 (ET). He opened the scoring in the 13th minute with the game tied 1-1. Oh was able to break through the defense and score the goal. Although the team was outnumbered and lost 2-4, Oh received a rousing ovation메이저놀이터. After the game, soccer statistics site Footmob gave him an 8.3 rating, the highest for a Celtic player. Scottish media outlet 67Hail Hail said, “Oh Hyun-gyu made an impressive performance. The brightest spark was Oh. He hasn’t had many starts, but this game was a vote of confidence. If his teammates showed the same level of performance as Oh Hyun-gyu, we would have gotten a better result.
Oh joined Celtic in January from Suwon Samseong, where he made 19 appearances across all competitions, including the league (15), Scottish Cup (3), and League Cup (1). However, due to his mid-season arrival, he didn’t get many starts. He made just three starts. He was mostly used as a substitute for Furuhashi Kyogo (Japan). However, despite playing just 520 minutes, Oh did his job well: he scored four goals in the league and one in the Scottish Cup. When he got the ball in the box, he converted 100% of the time. Celtic won the league and League Cup “double” of the season by combining Oh’s alto-ran role. On June 3, they will face Inverness for the Scottish Cup title.
Oh is the “master key” to Huang’s woes. Hwang is preparing for the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. The problem is a frontline striker. There is no clear resource. Chun Sung-hoon (Incheon United), Park Jae-yong (FC Anyang) and Ahn Jae-joon (Bucheon FC) need to be proven. Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Commerce) is not a clear frontline option. As Hwang said at a recent press conference at Paju NFC, “We have a lot of problems with strikers. We are also considering a wild card, but it is not easy to find a player who is overseas because there is a problem of loaning him to the club. We are also thinking about Plan B.”
Oh can solve the problem directly from the front line, but he can also drive the opposing defense to one side and create opportunities for his teammates. If Oh joins the team, it will be a big boost for Hwangseon Hongho. The key is substitutions. The Asian Games are not a FIFA mandated tournament. That’s why Hwang flew to Scotland to discuss Oh with Celtic.