Celtic to miss out on South Korean target

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Celtic were given a Champions League reprieve when opponents Legia Warsaw fielded an illegible player in their qualifying tie. This meant Celtic would progress and drew 1-1 with Maribor last night leaving them with work still to do in the second leg at Celtic Park. It now though is being reported that one of their targets, Cardiff City’s Kim Bo-Kyung is ready to rejected a move to Scotland.

The South Korean who represented his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer was the target of a B’hoys bid to bolster their squad. Having already signed Jo Inge Berget on loan from Cardiff City during the transfer window it seems ‘Kimbo’ is willing to turn down a move up North.

Kim Bo-Kyung joined Cardiff City from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in July 2012 for a fee thought to be around £2.5m. Since then he has played at Championship and Premier League level making 56 appearances in league games, scoring 3 times. However, it is understood that whilst manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is happy to have him in the side, Kim is not amongst the first-choice.

Cardiff City have added Anthony Pilkington, Tom Adeyemi, Kagisho Dikagcoi and Guido Burgstaller to their already full midfield and so Kim Bo-Kyung must be ready to spend some time on the bench in the following Championship campaign.

Bo-Kyung has 28 caps for South Korea and it appears he may have allegedly been the target of racial abuse in text messages sent by former boss Malky Mackay to ex-head of recruitment Iain Moody. The Daily Mail have reported on a dossier handed by Cardiff City to the FA which is thought to have seen Mackay’s job offer from Crystal Palace withdrawn and Iain Moody step down from his Eagles role.