Opinion: January signing should make first Celtic start in Cup clash
It will be interesting to see the Celtic starting line-up that Ange Postecoglou picks for the Hoops’ next game, which is the Scottish Cup tie against St Mirren on the 11th of Februrary.
You would expect the Hoops boss to pick a strong team as usual for the Celtic Park clash, as the Bhoys look to reach the last eight of the cup tournament, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some players who have not started for the Hoops that often to feature in the starting XI.
One such player is recent Celtic signing Hyeongyu Oh, who has made three substitute appearances for the club after completing his move to the Hoops in the January transfer window.
Oh has had limited game time so far which is understandable, as he has only just joined the club, but if he is to be the player to replace Georgios Giakoumakis then he deserves a chance to prove just how good a player he is, in what is an important game for the Hoops.
A first start for the 21-year-old would give him a chance to show that he is a capable replacement for Giakoumakis, and hopefully score his first goal for the Hoops too.
Oh doesn’t have to play the entire game, and you wouldn’t expect him to, but he could get at least 60 minutes before being replaced by Kyogo. The striker has looked promising in his three appearances so far, particularly against St Johnstone.
He looked to be on the way to his first Hoops goal against the Perth side before he was crudely brought down on the edge of the penalty box by Andrew Considine who was then sent-off. However, Oh showed good awareness to get into position to be on the verge of scoring his first goal for the Hoops, and perhaps it will come in his first start for Celtic.
Kyogo deserves to be given a rest after all the games he has played for the Hoops recently, and you have to think that even if he doesn’t start against St Mirren, he will be involved at some stage of the game for the Bhoys.
But Oh also has a part to play this season as he is going to be the Hoops’ second choice forward for the rest of the 2022/23 season. He will have to start games for the Bhoys sooner rather than later, and the Scottish Cup tie against St Mirren looks to be the ideal opportunity for the South Korean World Cup star to make his first start for Celtic.