Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley has commended teammate Hyeongyu Oh for his perseverance and impact, particularly after a standout performance in Celtic’s recent 4-1 victory over Hibernian.

Oh Hyeon-gyu
3rd December 2023; McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, St Johnstone versus Celtic;

O’Riley, speaking to Celtic TV after the match, acknowledged the challenges faced by Oh due to his limited playing time under manager Brendan Rodgers.

Oh, who started as the lone striker against Hibernian, seized the opportunity by scoring twice, showcasing his potential and effectiveness in the attacking role.

He’s got fans discussing Celtic’s upcoming games, with some even looking ahead to the derby at the end of the month and asking the question if he should start.

This performance came in the wake of Rodgers making several changes to the team following a mixed outing against St Johnstone.

“It shows the squad depth,” said O’Riley.

“He has had to wait for his chance, at times, and it’s not easy when you are only getting 15-20 minutes to get a goal.

“I think he deserves it. He works really hard every day, so I am very happy for him.”

The 22-year-old South Korean star’s statistics in the league this season are noteworthy:

  • Games: 13
  • Starts: 2
  • Goals: 5
  • Minutes played: 397
  • Goals-per-90: 1.13
  • Averaging a goal every 79 minutes in Scotland’s top-flight

Pretty impressive viewing for the striker, who will undoubtedly be at the front of Brendan Rodgers’ mind as the team prepares for the trip to Kilmarnock this weekend.


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