SOUTH KOREAN striker Kim Shin-wook has revealed he had agreed to sign for Celtic last month, but the move was scuppered by red tape.
The 27-year-old Ulsan Hyundai frontman scored six goals to help his side win the Asian Champions League which attracted the attention of the SPFL champions.
Ronny Deila was keen to land the towering attacker in the January transfer window, but talks between the Hoops and the player collapsed after he wasn’t able to secure a work permit for the UK.
Kim, capped 32 times by his country, said: “Last month, I had a few offers, including a team from China and in Scotland from Celtic.
“Celtic are a huge club and the contract was agreed for me to be transferred there. Unfortunately, I was then told I didn’t qualify for the required work permit and the move fell through.”
The hitman, however, agreed a two-year deal with Korean rivals Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Deila, after allowing Nadir Ciftci to move to Turkey on loan for the remainder of the campaign, switched his attention to Feyenoord’s Colin Kazim-Richards and snapped him up on a two-and-a-half year contract.