Celtic called out by manager for breaking promise

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Celtic have had quite the up and down season but have the chance to finish it with a couple of trophies, if they can end things strongly. With just four more league games to play, they have a three-point lead over the Rangers and a Parkhead Glasgow Derby to go. The two teams will also meet in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

One of the unexpected heroes for Celtic towards the end of the season is proving to be James Forrest. The veteran winger's upturn in form is something not many would have seen coming.

He scored in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen and a match-winning brace against Dundee FC in the Premiership at the weekend. Forrest's form means that Yang Hyun-jun has lost his place in the team.

Yang had started to find some good form a while back but has looked completely off-colour since returning from a red card suspension. Amid all this, there is some more discussion about the winger as South Korea U-23 were eliminated from the AFC U-23 Asian Cup.

Celtic called out by manager for breaking promise

As reported by The Herald, Celtic stopped Yang from playing because the tournament wasn't included in the FIFA calendar and as a result, they were under no obligation to release players. South Korea boss Hwang Seon-hong said about the situation:

"I personally visited Celtic, Brentford and Stoke City and I was promised the participation of Yang Hyun-jun, Kim Ji-soo and Bae Jun-ho.

"But when the tournament came, the clubs all refused to release their players because all were at a crucial stage at the end of their season.

"What could I do? I visited all of them."

If that is how things turned out then the situation is quite certainly unfortunate. But at the same time, one has to understand that Celtic's first priority has to be doing what is right for the club.

At that point in time, they must have felt that Yang could have played a key role in the title run-in. In hindsight, the Hoops probably would have been fine even if he was allowed to leave for the tournament.