Lennon: We can kick on with Ki

Ki Sung-Yueng impressed for Korea Republic during the FIFA World Cup™ and his experiences in South Africa can fire Celtic's Scottish title bid, Bhoys boss Neil Lennon has said.

Midfielder Ki joined Celtic from FC Seoul in January and Lennon is expecting big things from the South Korea star in his first full season at Parkhead.

Ki played in all three of South Korea's group stage games at the FIFA World Cup, setting up two goals. He also played in their 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the Round of 16.

Lennon compared Ki to Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, who helped Celtic win the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup in his first season there, winning both the players' and writers' player of the year award.

"Ki had a very good World Cup, I'm delighted for him," Lennon said. "He's still a young man and we're pleased with him.

"He didn't hit the ground running when he came here, which is understandable because he is coming from a totally different culture - he came from the other side of the world.

"Nakamura was different because he was more experienced and played in Italy for a long time. He came in at the start of the season but Ki arrived during January.

"We're hoping he'll have a big season next year. He's still only 21 but he's played in the World Cup now, and played very well, so hopefully that confidence will help him."