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Aidan Smith

Yang Hyun Jun to Celtic transfer confirmed ahead of Gangwon farewell clash

Celtic have secured the signing of midfielder Yang Hyun Jun from South Korean outfit Gangwon, it has been confirmed.

Yang has been desperate to complete his move to Glasgow all summer, but his club were reluctant to sell this window.

But now in a turn of events, the 21-year-old looks set to move to Celtic imminently after the club confirmed his exit.

They wrote on Instagram: "Yang Hyun-jun to Celtic's transfer has been confirmed.

"Here is a greeting from player Hyun-jun Yang: After today's game everyone please stay with me until the end🧡"

Gangwon are in action today against FC Seoul, with the clash kicking off at 11:30am UK time. 

Yang will say farewell to fans at full-time before leaving to join Celtic as they continue their pre-season preparations. 

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed defender Alistair Johnston could miss the first two months of the new season following ankle surgery.

Canada right-back Johnston, a regular starter under former manager Ange Postecoglou after arriving from Montreal in January, initially sustained the injury in April.

The 24-year-old returned for last month’s Scottish Cup final win against Inverness, but has since failed to fully recover.

Rodgers, currently at a training camp in Portugal with his squad, said: “Alistair had an issue when he came back from international duty, a problem with his ankle.

“In the operation, he had a couple of bits removed, which was successful. He’s out here with us. It’s probably a six to eight-week injury, but hopefully he’ll be fit sooner than that.

“He’ll progress really well and better to have it done at this stage than some time during the season.”

Rodgers had better news on another Hoops defender, Cameron Carter-Vickers, who has rejoined the squad in Portugal ahead of schedule after undergoing knee surgery in April.

The USA centre-half had been expected to be out until the end of August, but could be fit in time for the season’s opener against Ross County.

“Cameron is doing very well, he’s out on the pitch,” Rodgers said. “After the surgery he had after the (Scottish Cup) semi-final he’s doing really well.

“He looks strong, so he’s progressing and he’s well on schedule to be back, so that’s good news.”

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