SOUTH KOREAN frontman Oh Hyeon-gyu has revealed his Celtic target.
The powerhouse striker, the champions’ matchwinner in the 2-1 victory over St Mirren in midweek, wants to team up with Kyogo Furuhashi – in EVERY game.
Oh has admitted his admiration for his colleague who has scored 61 goals for the Hoops since his £4.6million arrival from Vissel Kobe in late July 2021.
The Japanese international was instrumental in Oh’s points-clincher seven minutes from time against the stubborn, well-drilled Paisley club when he slipped a pass to Odin Holm who then pushed the ball in front of the hitman who was still looking for his first goal of the campaign following blanks in the first three months.
MASTER BLASTER…Oh Hyeon-gyu wallops in the winner against St Mirren – his first goal of the season.
Thankfully, the 22-year-old January recruit from K-League Suwon Samsung didn’t hesitate as he lashed an unstoppable right-foot drive high past the despairing Zach Hemming for the strike that maintained the team’s five-point advantage at the top of the Premiership.
Oh said: “Kyogo is a great player. I think we make a good partnership. I learn from him every day in training.
“I want to play with him in every game, so I was so happy that we combined for the goal.”
The barrier-breaking effort will give the attacker a surge of confidence as Brendan Rodgers prepares his players for the 12.30pm kick-off against Ross County in Dingwall tomorrow.
Oh, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “I feel so happy to score my first goal of the season. It felt amazing when the ball hit the net.
“To be honest, it’s been a very difficult time for me when I hadn’t managed to score this season. But the gaffer said to me: ‘Always keep going, keep going’. And I have been working hard every day in training.”
Coincidentally, Oh claimed his first Celtic goal in a 5-1 Scottish Cup win over the Saints in February and he also tucked away a penalty-kick in an identical scoreline in the league in Paisley the following month.
WELL DONE, MY BHOY…Brendan Rodgers congratulates matchwinner Oh Hyeon-gyu after his strike against the Paisley club at Parkhead in midweek.
He netted a double in the 5-0 rout of Aberdeen during Flag Day at Parkhead in May, but, while hampered with a calf problem, the forward had failed to open his account this time around until his blaster on Wednesday as the Hoops desperately sought a second against a side determined not to give an inch as the clock ticked down.
Oh acknowledged the unstinting encouragement from boss Rodgers and added: “It’s been great to have that support from the gaffer.
“He always gives me confidence because he believes in me. That’s very important for any player.
”I now want to score more goals this season. Every football player wants to start every game, but whether I get five minutes or 10 minutes I will always give my best for the team.”