ANGE POSTECOGLOU confirmed his fourth signing of the January transfer window when South Korean international Oh Hyeon-gyu was unveiled today.
The striker, 21, agreed a five-year deal after his K-League club side Suwon Samsung Bluewings accepted a £2.5million bid for the player who scored 14 goals last season.
Oh follows Canada World Cup right-back Alistair Johnston and J-League duo, centre-back Yuki Kobayashi and midfielder Tomoki Iwata, as the Celtic manager continues to strengthen his squad.
THAT’S MY BHOY…Ange Postecoglou welcomes latest recruit Oh Hyeon-gyu to Celtic.
It’s not certain if the latest new Bhoy will be the final recruit before Tuesday night’s deadline, but there will be more activity at Parkhead before the end of the month.
Giorgos Giakoumakis knocked back an enhanced contract from the Hoops in November and there has been intense speculation about the 28-year-old Greek’s next move.
Reports now indicate MLS outfit Atlanta United are in the front of the queue after it was suggested cash-rich Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds had offered him a double-your-money contract with a bid that would rise to £8million for the champions.
However, Giakoumakis could now be heading Stateside to continue his career after 18 months at Celtic following his £2.5million arrival from Dutch minnows VVV-Venlo. The powerhouse attacker has scored 26 goals in 57 appearances, but hasn’t been able to dislodge Kyogo Furuhashi as Postecoglou’s first pick to lead the attack.
DOWN TO WORK…Oh Hyeon-gyu and James McCarthy go through their paces at Lennoxtown.
Mortitz Jenz, who arrived on a season-long loan in the summer, looks to be on his way back to French side Lorient with reports insisting he would be quickly moving to struggling Bundesliga club Schalke on another temporary transfer.
Yosuke Ideguchi, who arrived along with compatriots Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda in last January’s window, has been linked with a return to Gamba Osaka after failing to impress.
Oliver Obildgaard, the Norwegian midfielder signed on loan from Rubin Kazan just before the August deadline, is in a similar position and his stay in Glasgow could be brought to premature end.
James McCarthy has been another Celt on the periphery and the next few days will determine if he remains a part of the champions’ squad.
GOODBYE, GIAKO…Greek hitman Giorgos Giakoumakis celebrates his strike in the 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on October 25 which is likely to be his last Celtic goal at Parkhead.
Postecoglou, though, concentrated on his latest purchase. The champions had originally been been linked with World Cup hitman Cho Gue-sung, but that interest failed to progress satisfactorily and Ho emerged as an alternative.
It was obvious the youngster was eager to join up at Parkhead and the Celtic boss, speaking to the club website, admitted: “I have watched Oh for some time and he is the striker I really wanted as I think he will be a great fit in our squad.
“Really importantly, I know that he had his heart set on joining us, too, and that his own perseverance has been crucial in making this deal happen, so his determination to join Celtic has been very clear.
“We are delighted to bring Oh to Celtic. He is a young, talented striker with great attributes and someone who is ready to take the next stage in his career – a player who is hungry, eager to develop and to achieve success.
“We are really pleased to welcome him to the club and look forward to working with him and settling him into our squad.”