ANGE POSTECOGLOU is remaining silent on reports South Korean striker Oh Hyeon-gyu is on his way to the champions.
Tales from the 21-year-old international’s homeland insist the £2.5million deal is all but done and the player has been granted permission by his club side Suwon Samsung Blkuewings to travel to Scotland for a medical.
However, the Celtic boss refused to confirm – or deny – those stories, but admitted he hopes that “everything will happen” over the next few days before the transfer window closes a week on Tuesday.
OH ON HIS WAY…South Korean reports insist striker Oh Hyeon-gyu is heading for Celtic.
Josip Juranovic is poised to rubberstamp his £10million switch to Bundesliga side Union Berlin and is leaving Parkhead with the best wishes of the Greek-Australian, as CQN reported last night.
The Croatian World Cup defender has been caught up in whirlwind of speculation since he knocked back a contract extension from the Hoops in November.
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United were linked with the 27-year-old right-back, but it now looks as though his future is in Germany.
Asked about a timescale for Oh to become his fourth signing of this window – following Canada’s Alistair Johnston and Japanese duo Yuki Kobayashi and Tomoki Iwata who all played in the 5-0 Scottish Cup win over Morton yesterday – Postecoglou said: “No, but we are progressing things and there is only a week to go whilst we continue this weekly dance we do.
“Everything will happen in the next couple of days, hopefully.”
THE LAST HURRAH…Giorgos Giakoumakis slams in Celtic’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donestsk on October 25 which could prove to be his final strike for the Hoops at Parkhead.
Giorgos Giakoumakis sat out his second successive game and appears to have lost the opportunity of saying his farewells to the fans at Parkhead with the Hoops’ next match against Dundee United due at Tannadice a week today.
The 28-year-old Greek striker – whose last goal in the east end of Glasgow was almost THREE months ago in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on October 25 – looks to be on his way with cash-rich J-League outfit Orawa Red Diamonds seemingly favourites for his signature.
Talking about the latest no-show from the powerhouse attacker who has netted 26 goals in his 18-month career at the club, Postecoglou continued: “He trained on Friday, but it’s fair to say there is a fair bit going on with him in the background as well and my view is that it’s not just about the physical, but the mental, too.
“I had a good chat with him and until he gets some clarity about what’s happening with him, I think as well as the physical stuff I thought it was better to leave him out.”
The Celtic gaffer, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, added: “My role is to try to make decisions that I think are best for us and our continued growth as a football team, and realising when an opportunity comes along we have to be ready to take it.”
"I think he's been fantastic, I've 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙 working with him"
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou says that Josip Juranovic leaves Celtic as a 'fantastic player' and he was a 'key component' of getting Celtic back to where they wanted to be 💚 pic.twitter.com/Vn3YO7juPY
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) January 21, 2023