POWERHOUSE striker Oh Hyeon-gyu will be under scrutiny if he plays against Kilmarnock on Sunday.

South Korean international boss Jurgen Klinsmann is scheduled to take in the midday kick-off at Rugby Park as he looks to get an update on the form of the forward who joined the Hoops in January.

Oh, who celebrated his 22nd birthday this week, has claimed three goals since his £2.5million recruitment from Suwon Bluewings.

FULL SPEED AHEAD…Oh Hyeon-gyu prepares to race away from Borna Barisic in the 2-1 League Cup Final victory at Hampden in February.

Legendary marksman Klinsmann, the Bayern Munich and Spurs goal hero, was named as the country’s new head coach in February and has already selected the Hoops kid in his squad for two recent friendlies.

South Korea are among the favourites to win the Asian Cup which will be played in Qatar in January next year and the new gaffer is making an early start in assembling his pool of elite players with a scouting mission in Europe.

Klinsmann, in a report in the Glasgow Times, said: “The journey to countries in Europe which will begin this weekend is very important and is all part of the preparation for the Asian Cup.

“Hopefully, all of the players I watch will get as many minutes as possible. It will be nice to go to England, Scotland, Germany and Italy to see them.”

Oh has already made a favourable impression with manager Ange Postecoglou,  his new team-mates and the Celtic support.

FOILED…Oh Hyeon-gyu sees his close-range shot blocked by Ross County Ross Laidlaw in Celtic’s 2-0 win in Dingwall earlier this month.

He claimed his first Hoops strike in the 5-1 Scottish Cup win over St Mirren at Parkhead on February 11 and followed that up with another against the Paisley club in an identical scoreline away from home in the league on March 5. On that occasion, the hitman slotted away a penalty-kick.

A fortnight later, Oh notched his third with a flying header in the 3-1 victory over Hibs in the east end of Glasgow.

The energetic attack-leader collected his first honour as a Celt when he came on as a second-half substitute for two-goal Kyogo Furuhashi in the 2-1 derby triumph in the League Cup Final in February.

Now he is hoping to show national supremo Klinsmann what he can do against Derek McInnes’ outfit this weekend.


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