Celtic attempts to bring in Kim Shin-Wook failed due to red tape preventing him from playing in Scotland.

In the end, Colin Kazim-Richards signed on deadline day for the Hoops, but they were in the market for the South Korean striker prior to that move.

The 27-year-old’s move to the league champions was stopped in its tracks as he didn’t qualify for the correct work permit.

Shin-Wook played the entirety of his career in South Korea for Ulsan Hyundai before moving to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at the beginning of February on a two-year deal.

Whilst at Uslan Hyundai, he scored six times to help them win the Asian Champions League in 2012.

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As quoted by the Daily Record about the move that fell through, he 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.

Prior to his move earlier this month, Shin-Wook scored 59 times and provided three assists in 147 appearances for the South Korean side, Ulsan Hyundai.

He has also been capped by his national side South Korea 32 times, scoring three since his debut in 2010 and also featured for them in the 2014 World Cup.