FORMER Celtic goal hero Chris Sutton reckons “it’s a bit of a shame” Oh Hyeon-gyu appears to be heading for the champions’ exit.

The South Korean striker was used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers during the double-winning campaign and the powerhouse attacker was eclipsed when Adam Idah arrived on loan in January.

All indications are that Oh’s one-and-a-half year stay at Parkhead is coming to an end with the 23-year-old international figuring in summer transfer speculation.

UPS AND DOWNS…Oh Hyeon-gyu celebrates Celtic’s title win after the 3-2 victory over St Mirren last month and (below) the South Korean reflects on one that got away.

The youngster was signed for £2million from K-League outfit Suwon Bluewings on a five-year contract by Ange Postecoglou in January 2022, but made only three league starts in his 20 appearances last term.

Oh claimed a meagre five goals to add to six in his debut crusade – and appears to have failed to impress Rodgers.

The Irishman is determined to put his imprint on the squad he inherited when he returned a year ago and there are changes in the wind.

Oh could be one of the first to go through the revolving door and Sutton said: “It’s all quiet at Parkhead on the transfer front, but they can’t allow the summer to drift as there’s work to be done.

“Brendan Rodgers will know what he needs, but he can add another striker to his shopping list as it looks like Oh Hyeon-gyu is on his way out.

“I actually think it’s a bit of a shame if he goes as there is a player there. Oh is raw and there is development needed.

“But he has a lot of tools and I like him as an alternative to Kyogo Furuhashi. He was overtaken by Adam Idah in the second half of the season, but he’s similar in some ways to the Norwich City man in that he’s physical and can be a focal point.

ON THE BALL…Oh Hyeon-gyu in control during the 3-1 win over St Johnstone in Perth in December. 

“Clearly, Rodgers isn’t so sure – and that’s fair enough. He sees the player every day in training and it’s entirely up to him. But letting Oh go means Celtic are going to be in the market for TWO new strikers.

Sutton, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “Kyogo is going to be the main man. And talk about him needing shoulder surgery at some point seems to have gone quiet.

“He managed to get through the season without much injury fuss so it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a pressing matter in the new campaign. But getting him help up-front is. Oh’s departure will ramp up the importance of landing Idah.

“That’s not a formality, but even if they do get him back, Celtic will need another forward as well. They’ll need three – maybe even four – strikers to fight on four fronts next term.”

The one-time England international frontman added: “Every side is on the look-out for strikers and sometimes you need to be patient.

“But Celtic also can’t afford to dither. If they can’t get first targets, move on to the next ones.

“They fly out to the US in the middle of July and Rodgers will be desperate to have some new faces on the plane.”

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