South Korean international Baek Seung-ho (26, Jeonbuk Hyundai) is reportedly being courted by 2021-22 UEFA Europa League runners-up Rangers (Scotland).
“Jeonbuk midfielder Baek Seung-ho could sign for Rangers,” according to SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League) Transfer on August 9 (Korea time). Scotland are ranked ninth in the 2023-24 European League and Rangers are 29th in the European Club Rankings.
Paik scored the winning goal against Brazil in the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar (1-4). In the 2023 K League 1, he was tied for sixth in match MVP honors and was named Player of the Month in May.
However, it has been confirmed that he will fulfill his military service as a men’s soccer player for the 2nd Gyeonggi Division of the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commerce) from December 4, 2023 to June 3, 2025.
In order for Baek to join Rangers, he will need to fulfill the criteria for transferring to the athletic staff, known as a “special case of military service,” through his gold medal at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games in China.
In addition to his goals at the Qatar World Cup, Baek has demonstrated his leadership and individual abilities on the international stage, including captaining the Egypt Under-23 team in a trial in November 2020 and scoring twice at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The men’s soccer schedule for the Hangzhou Asian Games begins with the group stage on September 19. Baek Seung-ho’s performance will be crucial not only for the national team’s performance, but also for his own personal return to Europe.
Baek is a European player who played for Barcelona, Peralada, Girona and Darmstadt (Germany), scoring two goals in 57 games in the Spanish third division from 2016 to 2019, three games in the Spanish first division in 2019, 안전놀이터 and 26 goals and six assists in 41 games in the German second division from 2019 to 2021.
He is also one of only seven Koreans to have played in the Spanish La Liga, the second-tier European league. All eyes will be on Baek Seung-ho to see if he can capitalize on his victory at the Hangzhou Asian Games and go overseas again.