One of the most satisfying things in this last spell of international football before we resume hostilities for real in a big, big way has been seeing the emergence of Oh as a real fixture in the South Korean team and a guy who is starting to generate headlines.
His wonderful – sadly disallowed – goal the other day was the capper for what has been a hugely successful international break for him, and therefore for us.
Oh was signed in the January window, and it took him a while to make an impact, particularly with the form of the brilliant Kyogo keeping him out of the team … but he’s having it now.
Important players come to the fore at important times.
It’s how we knew we had a top, top football on our hands in the shame of Moussa Dembele, when he grabbed a hat-trick against the Ibrox club and then a double against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Oh hasn’t done anything on that scale yet, mostly because he’s not been given the opportunity, but his goal against Hibs at Celtic Park came at the right time, at a critical time, and deserves to be lauded.
We didn’t want to give Ibrox the least encouragement with the big games that are coming up and his goal made sure they got none.
He is growing into the role at Celtic, just as he’s now growing into a place with his national team and this only makes things better for us. It is already clear that he is on the road to becoming a big, big talent and we have done brilliantly to get him.
Every player goes through an adjustment period when they sign for a new club.
It seems pretty clear that his adjustment period is over.
This boy has his feet under him now and is really starting to show us what he can do, and that might be a shock to those who thought we had weakened this squad when we allowed Giakoumakis to leave.
March 29, 2023 at 5:16 pm
Johnny Green says:
March 29, 2023 at 6:39 pm
March 29, 2023 at 10:51 pm
March 29, 2023 at 11:08 pm
The South Korean Manager Juergen Klinsmann name checked Oh after the game according to an article on Je McHugh’s site today.
I think it’s a tad premature to be singing his praises James, he still has a lot of hard work to do before before I am convinced about him. I hope you are right, but let’s not get too excited just yet.
Not all players require an adjustment period, eg Lubo. Some require longer than others so not sure yet if his adjustment time is over or not, or even of if it’s of any real importance in the longer scheme of things.
He is showing good potential for a young bhoy. Still I doubt if it’s an adjustment period that will be the making of him, for he wasn’t a great player when he left S. Korea. He was a promising young player. His potential will only be fulfilled through experience, lots of development and playing and learning alongside others of quality. HH
I saw his disallowed goal this morning. He was a tad unlucky. He created the chance for himself really well and finished it brilliantly. Shame he strayed offside. I’d love Ange to play him AND Kyogo upfront together. Go back to a 442 and play inverted full backs. We’d tear teams apart again.
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