Celtic winger Yang Hyun-jun came on for the final half-hour of the 2-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend and he made a good impression.
The 21-year-old has been away with South Korea at the Asian Cup but he returned to the matchday squad for the Scottish Cup tie on Sunday afternoon.
Supporters on X believe Yang does have the potential to be an excellent player but he is a raw talent and some feel needs to produce more in the final third of the pitch:
Gets far too much hate. Probably our best at beating a man. Just needs to work on his final product.
— Bhoy in Red 🇵🇸 (@BhoyinRed) February 11, 2024
Just needs to lift his head. Reminds me of Mikey Johnston before he went out long term injured. Great runs but always just misses the final pass option and tries to take another man on.
— Ryan Murphy (@Murphy1up) February 11, 2024
Theres a decent player in there, like mentioned above, if he can improve his final product then he’ll be handy
— Bryzo (@Bryzo34) February 11, 2024
Probably our best winger just now. Needs a run in the team but he could be a big player for us in the run in.
— Highland Paddy (@patcoyle56) February 11, 2024
He was positive. He generally always is but he struggles to transform that positivity into assists or goals unfortunately.
— Henke_hoops (@henke_hoops) February 12, 2024
He’s not got a final ball. Develop that and he’s a player.
— CG44 (@Ticketustastic) February 11, 2024
Got loads of potential, hopefully improves all round game and he’ll be a right good player
— Ryan (@ryandrumm18) February 11, 2024
Yang will offer Celtic more depth in wide areas
The Hoops have been lacking pace and a direct threat from out wide in recent weeks but, with Yang and Daizen Maeda both having returned from international duty, they should give manager Brendan Rodgers more options to stretch opponents.
With Marco Tilio and Mikey Johnston having left on loan last month, and Liel Abada seemingly on his way out of the club, Yang could play a more prominent role in the second half of the season.
He needs to offer more of a goal threat
While the South Korean international does cause problems for opposition defences with his dribbling and his ability to get into good positions, he has scored just 1 goal and provided 1 assist in 23 appearances.
If Yang is to nail down a starting place in the coming months and years, he will have to produce more of an end product than that.