Celtic striker Oh sparkled. His team fell short.
Celtic lost 2-4 to Hibernian in the 37th round of the 2022-2023 Scottish Premiership at Easter Road in Edinburgh, Scotland, at 3:45 a.m. ET on Friday. However, Celtic clinched the league title early on. It was Celtic’s third loss of the season (31 wins and three draws).
Despite the loss, Oh had a strong performance. Starting as a frontline striker, Oh scored his fifth goal of the season. After hitting the post in the 16th minute of the first half, Oh opened the scoring 13 minutes into the second half. It was his fourth goal of the league and fifth of the season. Oh finished the day with a team-high eight shots and two on goal. He also won two aerial battles and made one key pass. UK’s WhoScored.com gave him a team-high 7.9 rating. Footmob and Sofascore also gave him an 8.3 and 7.4 rating, respectively. Both were the highest on the team. Scotland’s 67 Halehale said: ‘Oh had an impressive performance,’ he said, ‘but the brightest spark tonight was Hyun-gyu Oh. He hasn’t had a lot of starts, but this game has given him a lot of confidence. If his Celtic teammates had played at the same level as him, we would have gotten a better result,” he said.
Celtic pulled out a 4-3-3. Oh was up front, flanked by Hakshabanovic and Abada. Hatate, McGregor, and Iwata formed the back line. Bernabay, Kobayashi, Starfeld, and Ralston formed the back four, with Bain in goal. The home team, Hibernian, lined up 3-5-2. Nisbet, Yuan, Newell, Yego, Doyle-Hayes, Stevenson, Egan-Riley, Hanlon, Fish, Miller, and Marshall started.
Celtic pushed hard from the start. Oh Hyeon-gyu missed a great chance. In the 16th minute, Bernabeu’s cross was met by Oh Hyun-gyu, who headed it in. Unfortunately, it hit the crossbar. In the 21st minute, Oh nicely trapped a high ball and beat one defender to the ball. The keeper made the save. Abada collected the rebound and shot wide.
Celtic brought on Maeda in the 22nd minute for the injured Hakshabanovic. Celtic took the lead in the 40th minute. McGregor won a penalty, which Hatate calmly converted.
A wild second half ensued. Seven minutes into the second half, Hibernian equalized. Yuan rattled the Celtic net with a volley. Celtic went on the offensive again. Oh Hyun-gyu led the way. In the 11th minute of the second half, a cross came in from the right, and Oh Hyun-gyu headed it in. It went narrowly wide. Oh crawled back to score. In the 13th minute, a cross was sent in by Oh Hyun-gyu. It was defended. Oh Hyun-gyu didn’t lose his concentration and pushed it in again. His fifth goal of the season.
In the 22nd minute, something happened. Maeda stepped on a defender’s foot and was sent off for accumulating cautions. A minute later, Hibernian’s Doyle Hales was sent off for a back tackle on Oh Hyun-gyu, which was overturned by on-field review.
Hibernian got the game back on level terms. In the 29th minute, a foul on Ralston in the box earned a penalty kick. Nisbet neatly converted. With momentum on their side, Hibernian turned the game around in the 35th minute. Yoo’s mid-range shot was poorly handled by the goalkeeper, and it went in the back of the net. 안전놀이터
Oh Hyun-gyu was subbed off for Furuhashi in the 36th minute. In the 41st minute, Celtic found themselves 2-4 down after an own goal from Bernabay.