FORGOTTEN Celt Kwon Hyeok-kyu has not kicked a ball in competitive action for the Hoops since his £1million arrival in the summer.

However, the South Korean midfielder could play a key role in the champions winning their third successive title this season.

Kwon, who joined from K-League outfit Busan IPark in July along with winger Yang Hyun-jun, moved to St Mirren on loan in January.

AIR WE GO…Kwon Hyeok-kyu fires in an effort against Rangers in Paisley in his side’s 1-0 loss at the turn of the year. Mark O’Hara looks on.

The former Under-21 international is hoping to get the nod from boss Stephen Robinson to make his ninth league appearance in his side’s Premiership clash against Philippe Clement’s Ibrox outfit on Sunday.

The match is scheduled for a 12.30pm start while Brendan Rodgers’ men kick off at 3pm at Dens Park against Dundee.

Kwon turned in a Man of the Match performance against the Govan club in his first outing for the Saints, but the hosts lost out to a Cyriel Dessers’ goal.

The 23-year-old enforcer is hoping for better fortune on this occasion with Clement’s side going into the encounter three points adrift of the Parkhead men with five league games left to play.

Kwon is still a man of mystery for Hoops fans and has yet to figure in a competitive confrontation. He played for 45 minutes in James Forrest’s Testimonial Match against Athletic Bilbao at Parkhead at the start of August.

HAPPY BHOY…Kwon Hyeok-kyu is all smiles as he holds aloft his Celtic shirt after his July arrival.

He was one of 22 players utilised that evening by Rodgers as the Northern Irishman made his return to the east end of Glasgow after an absence of four and a half years.

Kwon also came on for Matt O’Riley in the 61st minute of the 1-1 draw with Wolves at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in another pre-season match.

He has been included in four match day squads, but has yet to play a solitary minute for the Hoops.

Remarkably, though, he could be presented with the opportunity on Sunday to play his part in Celtic twelfth title success in 13 years.

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