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Oh Hyeon Gyu to Celtic transfer two decades in the making as Scot Gemmil puts South Korea 'formulation' in focus

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It's just over two decades since Scot Gemmil l was part of a Scotland side offered an insight into South Korean football by being on the receiving end of a four goal drubbing.

That 4-1 loss to a side led by Dutch coaching great Guus Hiddink during the Berti Vogts era was also a prelude to the 2002 World Cup which saw the Taegeuk Warriors introduce themselves on the global stage by reaching the semi-finals.

As a memory of his time in the dark blue, Gemmill admits a lightbulb moment to the ability of Asian players and beyond, to the shrinking world of planet football and he believes the increasingly cosmopolitan approach to recruitment which is being deployed at Celtic is testimony to a growing appreciation of Far Eastern talent.With the Hoops preparing to unveil Oh Hyeon-Gyu from South Korean side Suwon Bluewings on a £2.5million deal, the Scotland under-21 boss was given a reminder of his last visit to that country.

He said: "On that day I remember South Korea being really ready and so well prepared ahead of the tournament. "You could see they had invested a lot into those players in terms of their preparation of a World Cup they would have known for a while they would co-host the event with Japan.

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