Former Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng becomes a free agent as of February 1st and @20MinuteTims on Twitter posed the question about a possible return to Parkhead.
Take Ki on? https://t.co/dNdOW8HrHo
— 20 Minute Tims Pod (@20MinuteTims) January 31, 2020
As tweeted by Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) on Friday afternoon, the South Korea international has reached an agreement with Newcastle to have his contract terminated at St James’ Park and is free to find a new club as of Saturday.
Football Insider reported in late December that Celtic manager Neil Lennon had identified the 31-year-old as a possible transfer target for the January window, with the Hoops boss claimed to be a “huge admirer of the Korean”.
Ki played under Lennon during his previous stint at Parkhead, with 77 of his 87 appearances for the club coming under the 48-year-old’s management, and the midfielder scored 11 goals and provided 15 assists for Celtic between 2010 and 2012.
The Korean had fallen out of favour at Newcastle under Steve Bruce, making just four appearances this season and not getting a Premier League start since August (as per TransferMarkt). After @20MinuteTims broached the topic of a possible Parkhead return for Ki, these Celtic fans provided a mixed bag of reactions:
Surely he would do a job for at least 6 months?
— TC (@TCCSC93) January 31, 2020
Not a must have but maybe a “nice to have”. Would enable a well earned rest for Callum occasionally
— JohnCollinsCSC (@JohnCollinsCSC) January 31, 2020
Even if only to play home games against the bottom 6 to give Brown or McGregor a rest….all day long.
— McKenzie (@Boaby_Wan) January 31, 2020
No. Not better than McGregor or Ntcham. Not physical enough to displace Brown. Waste of time and money.
— Scott Fulton (@MrCrowleyoto) January 31, 2020
No thanks. We need some muscle 💪
— Vargbjörnen 🏴 🇸🇪 🇲🇳 🇪🇺 (@vargbjornen) January 31, 2020
— Neil McKeown (@neilmckeown4600) January 31, 2020
Celtic fans, would you like to see Ki back at the club now that he’s set to become a free agent or is he past his prime? Comment below with your views!
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