ANGE POSTECOGLOU reckons new Bhoy Oh Hyeon-gyu is already experiencing that Celtic ‘invincible’ feeling – after only 13 minutes of first-team action.
The South Korean international striker, who arrived in a £2.5million deal from K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings last week, was pitched in for a quickfire debut against Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday.
Oh got the nod to make his first appearance in the 82nd minute of regulation time with another five minutes added on before the whistle was blown on the champions’ 2-0 win on Tayside that kept them at the Premiership pinnacle with a nine-point advantage.
ON THE MOVE…South Korean striker Oh Hyeon-gyu gets into his stride at Tannadice during his debut.
The 21-year-old frontman came on for Kyogo Furuhashi with the visitors coasting after a bewildering header from Filipe Jota and a penalty-kick from Aaaron Mooy shortly after the restart.
It was obvious Oh wanted to make a good first impression and he came so close to setting up a third goal for Daizen Maeda in the fading moments with a tantalising right-wing cross that picked out the Japanese raider in the perfect position.
Amazingly, the pacy forward sent a header off target when it looked impossible not to score from almost under the crossbar.
Postecoglou expects big things from the powerhouse hitman who is a clear replacement for Atlanta United-bound Giorgos Giakoumakis and, speaking to The Herald, said: “It’s been a big week for him and he’s only a young lad.
“It is going to take him a few weeks to get settled properly, but you can see already he’s a guy who wants to make an impact and I’m sure he will.
NEW BHOY…Oh Hyeon-gyu with his No.19 shirt.
“If you are ever going to make a debut for a team, this is the team you want to do it for because they make you feel invincible right from the start.
“I’m sure he didn’t sleep much on Sunday night, but we got back to training and are getting ready for Wednesday.”
Livingston provide the opposition tomorrow night and the Hoops had to battle all the way to seal the points in a 2-1 win in the east end of Glasgow on December 21.
Postecoglou and Co will undoubtedly face another battle against David Martindale’s team who picked up a point at the weekend in a goalless draw against Hearts.
Oh is unlikely to start against the West Lothian outfit, but there could be another opportunity for him to get into his stride if the game goes according to plan in the second-half.
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