Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has branded Oh Hyeon-gyu "better" than former Hoops star Giorgos Giakoumakis.

The South Korea international joined the Parkhead side in January and has netted three times for the Scottish champions so far.

While the Greek forward moved to MLS side Atlanta United during the same window.

And McAvennie feels that the 21-year-old is an upgrade on Giakoumakis.

"I have seen [Jurgen] Klinsmann make remarks about Celtic before,” he told Football Insider.

"The stadium, the atmosphere, he thinks it is a wonderful environment and his player is coming through that. 

“He will get game time, he is another example of the manager. Giakoumakis left and he brought Oh in and I think he is a better version.

"He is quicker and is only young. If Kyogo gets injured I do not have a problem with him playing up front. I think he will get a lot of game time.

"You can see he is eager to get on the score sheet and he wants to do well. 

"Coming on in front of 60,000 every week is not a bad way to be brought into it. Nothing is going to phase him if he goes anywhere else."

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Kyogo Furuhashi is set to finally be recalled by Japan for their summer games, according to former international star Masakiyo Maezono.

Furuhashi was a shock snub for the World Cup last year and has since admitted it was a devastating blow for him to be ignored by manager Hajime Moriyasu.

Moriyasu then doubled down on his controversial decision by not including him in his squad for their two friendlies in March against Uruguay and Colombia after he expressed doubt about the standard of the Scottish Premiership, where Furuhashi is top scorer.

However, former Santos and Japan striker Maezono, who is now a respected pundit in his homeland, reckons Furuhashi is a certainty to be back in the squad for Japan's two Kirin Cup games in June against El Salvador and Peru.

He said: "I think Kyogo Furuhashi will be back in the squad for sure and deservedly so.

"I think in the past when Hajime Moriyasu did call up Furuhashi, it didn't really work. He wasn't able to find a suitable position for him.

"But he is now trying out new tactics and he will want to look at him in a new position. He is trying to play two players up front and that will suit him.

"Until last year, the system was 4-2-3-1. By switching to two up front, I have high hopes for Furuhashi.

"Expectations are very high for him and I am certain he will return to the national team for the games against El Salvador and Peru in June.

"He is definitely worth another chance."