Oh Hyun-kyu (21, Celtic) revealed that he gained the courage he needed to advance to Europe through the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
On the 25th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Scottish first division Celtic recruited Oh Hyun-gyu from K-League 1 Suwon Samsung. His contract is for 5.5 seasons until May 2028.
In an interview reported by the British newspaper ‘The National’ on the 27th, Oh Hyun-gyu said, “Watching Korea score at the Qatar World Cup gave me confidence that I can survive in European football.”
The National’ is a local Scottish newspaper. When asked about the Celtic squad having six Japanese players, Oh Hyun-kyu said, “(Culturally) we have something in common, so it will be of great help (to adapt),” but he expressed his pride as a national representative by saying, “(If it’s an A match) Korea is better.” also revealed
Korea, ranked 25th in the world, advanced to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar by gaining points over 9th ranked Portugal (2-1 win) and 16th ranked Uruguay (0-0 draw).
Korea failed to win even against World No. 1 Brazil (1-4 loss) and 58th place Ghana (2-3 loss), but scored goals and finished the Qatar World Cup with 5 points in 4 matches. Oh Hyun-kyu took all the training together as a reserve player.
Scotland is ranked 9th in the UEFA league rankings. According to Transfer Market, a media specializing in the transfer market, Celtic, ranked 56th in the European club rankings, will invest 2.8 million euros (approximately 3.8 billion won) to recruit Oh Hyun-gyu.
2.8 million euros is the highest transfer fee ever for a Korean player from Suwon Samsung. It is about 1.87 times more than the 1.5 million euros (2 billion won) that Kwon Chang-hoon (28) sent to Dijon (France) in January 2017. 메이저사이트
Oh Hyun-kyu is a total of 89 K-League games, 21 points and 6 assists, including the period of military service in the Armed Forces Sports Unit from May 2020 to November 2021.
If you add 2 points and 3 assists in 4 games of the Korea Football Association Cup, you get 23 points and 9 assists in 93 Korean professional soccer games. He scored attacking points from the center forward and left wing positions.
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 friendly against Iceland in November last year.
From 2010 to 2012, Cha Doo-ri (44 matches, 2 points, 2 assists) and Ki Sung-yong (87 matches, 11 points, 15 assists) played together, and Celtic rekindled their relationship with Korea by recruiting Oh Hyun-kyu.