March 5, 2024

If Brendan Rodgers is in search of an updated assessment of Wednesday’s opponents Hibs, the Celtic boss solely has to ask one of his players

Midfielder Kwon Hyeok-kyu, who joined St Mirren on loan final month, performed for eighty-one minutes of the Paisley club’s runaway 3-0 win over the Edinburgh aspect at Easter Road at the weekend.

Nick Montgomery’s side had been swept away with the aid of Kwon and Co as the traffic raced to a three-goal gain before the interval.

 

SHOVE OFF…Kwon Hyeok-kyu is challenged with the aid of Todd Cantwell.

The South Korean anchorman, who made his debut for the Saints in the slender 1-0 loss to Philippe Clement’s Ibrox aspect the preceding Saturday, was one phase of the team that took charge of the come-across practically from the kick-off and the result was once by no means in doubt when Alex Gogic netted the opener beyond ex-Hoops keeper David Marshall in the eighth minute.

Kwon, who arrived at Parkhead along with winger Yang Hyun-jun in the summer, was hailed via Stephen Robinson for the part he played in the victory with Greg Kiltie (pen) and Mikael Mandron netting the others as they sent Hibs toppling to their fourth defeat in six league games.

The Paisley gaffer, talking to The Scotsman, said: “Kwon used to be very good. You don’t pay £1million for players and they don’t have quality.

“It’s about recreation time now for him. He has hit the floor walking and, as his health levels increase, I assume he’ll get better.

“That was his excellent performance so far, he is familiar with what we want and he gives us real composure on the ball.”

The champions toiled to a goalless stalemate against Hibs in Edinburgh in October when the nearest they came to breaking the impasse was a late shot from a substitute that clattered in opposition to the face of the crossbar.

A win is a priority this time out and Rodgers will virtually welcome help from somewhere to reap the most points to remain at the Premiership pinnacle.

 

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