Coach Enze Postecoglu explained the background of Oh Hyun-kyu’s selection.
Celtic defeated Aberdeen 4-0 in the 26th round of the Scottish Premiership in the 2022-23 season held at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 19th. With this, the gap between 1st place Celtic (73 points) and 2nd place Rangers (64 points) is 9 points.
Since last November, Celtic has been on a 16-game undefeated streak (15 wins, 1 draw) in the official game안전놀이터. His confidence seemed to skyrocket, but he couldn’t be careless as the Rangers were fiercely chasing him. Celtic challenged for a winning streak by inviting Aberdeen, who are in the middle of the league, home.
A welcome name stood out in the starting lineup announced ahead of the game. It was Korean striker Oh Hyun-kyu, whom Celtic ambitiously recruited in the transfer market last winter. Oh Hyun-kyu had lived up to expectations by scoring his debut goal against St Mirren in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup on the 12th.
Hyungyu Oh built a three-top team by working with Daizen Maeda on the left and Jota on the right. Celtic won easily this time too. Callum McGregor took the lead in the 2nd minute of the first half, and Leo Hatate scored consecutive goals in the 13th minute of the first half. Oh Hyun-gyu played the ground for 72 minutes and then was substituted for Kyogo Furuhashi to finish the match.
The rest of the time Celtic had a goal feast. Right after Oh Hyun-kyu was substituted out, 4 minutes later. Hatate peaked with a multi-goal. Even Riel Abada, who stepped on the ground as a substitute right before the end of the game, shook the net and drove a wedge. In the end, Celtic continued their winning streak with a 4-0 win over Aberdeen.
After the game, coach Postecoglu mentioned Oh Hyun-gyu. He confessed, “Before the game, I thought it could be a good opportunity for Oh Hyun-gyu. Furuhashi has been playing well recently, and it was difficult to find a game for Oh Hyun-gyu because he only plays one game in a week.”
“I didn’t want Oh Hyun-gyu to be excluded from the selection for a long time. That’s why I thought this was a good opportunity,” he explained about the background of Oh Hyun-gyu’s selection. As Furuhashi is showing such a good figure, it would be impossible to start immediately, but it was an interview where you can feel the will to make the most of the opportunity for Oh Hyun-kyu.