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Celtic Eyeing Winter Swoop For This South Korean Attacker: What He Would Bring In At Parkhead

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According to reports from South Korea (as claimed by the Daily Record), Celtic are set to raid the Asian market once more amid interest in Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors winger Song Min-kyu. But the Hoops are not alone in the race as the likes of Udinese and Fenerbahce are also keeping close tabs on the 22-year-old.

Celtic have hit the jackpot by roping in Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe. Ange Postecoglou’s knowledge of the Japanese market has resolved their striker conundrum despite Odsonne Edouard‘s exit and the rumours of Daizen Maeda of Yokohama F.Marinos (who played under Postecoglou) depict how extensively they are exploring beyond Europe to bolster the current set-up.

The South Korean international began his senior career with  K League 1 outfit Pohang Steelers. There he scored 28 times and laid on 10 more in 78 outings across competitions before plying his trade at Jeonbuk this summer for a fee of around £1.32m. While he is still settling down for the reigning champions, an offer from the Hoops might see him on the move once again as early as the January window.

How Celtic Would Be Enriched From Song Min-kyu’s Signing

Min-kyu is an outright left-winger who is right-footed. This ticks the box of an inverted wide attacker, whereas his pace, cut insides and swift footwork cause menace in the opponents’ half. His impressive scoring record with FCPS earned him the high-profile Warriors move, however, a transfer to Parkhead should see him flourish even more as he only attained senior status around three years ago.

Celtic target Song Min-kyu in action for South Korea
KASHIMA, JAPAN – JULY 25: Minkyu Song #9 of Team South Korea is challenged by Alexandru Pascanu #4 of Team Romania during the Men’s First Round Group B match between Romania and Republic of Korea on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Celtic, meanwhile, scripted a squad overhaul during the summer window. An array of new names were roped in to replace the departing stars and the majority of them have done enough to impress the gaffer overcoming early jitters. Apart from Furuhashi, Filipe Jota has been exquisite from the left and the potential arrival of Min-kyu should see the Portuguese shifting on the right having exhibited his efficiency from both the flanks.

Liel Abada enjoyed a blistering start with his liveliness down the wing but has struggled of late to showcase the creative spark. James Forrest and Mikey Johnston have been irregular due to frequent injury problems which forced Postecoglou to deploy Furuhashi as a wide attacking option a few times. Although the players are back in business recovering from fitness concerns, the Hoops must keep on improving themselves in terms of depth as well as quality with the upcoming fixture congestion. Rangers have not gained a rhythm yet and Celtic, therefore, must grab this opportunity to reclaim the coveted crown by the closure of the current campaign.

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