CELTIC target Cho Gue-sung has been given the green light to move to Europe by former South Korea and Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung.
The one-time winger, who made 154 appearances for the Old Trafford club after arriving in 2005 and spending six seasons before a spell with Queens Park Rangers, is now the technical director of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
The champions have been linked with towering striker Gue-sung after he made an impact during the World Cup Finals when he became the first Asian player to score two goals in a game, a feat he achieved against Ghana in the group stages.
When the commanding frontman hit the headlines and triggered transfer speculation, his club insisted no business would be done until director Park returned from a break.
WORLD CUP GIANT…Cho Gue-sung made a massive impact on the World Cup with South Korea.
The 100 times-capped South Korean legend is now back in harness and, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, said: “The most important thing for Cho is to succeed in Europe and be focused on achieving good results rather than just going to Europe itself.
“The player will also now think about which team to sign for and when to leave. I will also be involved in this and help him make his decision.”
Park made the move from Asia after coming to the fore during the 2002 World Cup in his homeland.
He won a transfer to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven before switching to Manchester United where he lifted four titles and a Champions League.
Park switched to the Loftus Road outfit before moving back to PSV on loan. After his second stint in the Netherlands, he returned home.
He will be a massive influence in Gue-sung’s decision on where his future lies.