Celtic moved quickly to complete the signing of Osaze Urhoghide from Sheffield Wednesday on a four-year deal. Not many rumours have linked the 20-year-old with the club in recent times and as a result, the signing might have come as a surprise to many.
Following Ange Postecoglou’s arrival in Glasgow, the club’s transfer plans were expected to pick up pace and it very much looks like they have. The club have been linked with players in a number of positions over the course of the last few days and have now completed the signing of Urhoghide as well.
It looks like the Hoops have had the youngster on their radar for quite a while though. And he appears to have impressed Postecoglou as well.
As reported by the club’s official website, while speaking of the new signing, Postecoglou said:
“It’s great. He’s someone that the club’s been tracking for a while and when I came on board, I managed to have a meeting with him and he’s a good young man, he’s very ambitious.
“He’s just beginning his football career but he shows all the attributes on and off the field to want to become a top player, so it’s great to get him here. He can play a couple of positions at the back and, most importantly, he’s really keen to learn and develop and I think this will be a great environment for him.
“He’s a modern defender. He’s good athletically, he’s mobile, he’s quick and he wants to get on the ball. He can play a couple of different positions, and from our perspective, and the way we want to play our football, there are certain things I look for in players irrespective of age, and he’s got some really good attributes to be a top defender.
“The most important thing is, he’s got a real desire to reach the very top. He’s excited about joining the club, which is important to me because that’s the first thing I want to hear from players, that they’re really keen to join us.”
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Urhoghide could be a good long-term signing for Celtic
Urhoghide has already shown a lot of potential while playing for Sheffield Wednesday. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he made 21 appearances for the club across all competitions last season.
But while the talent is clear for all to see, there are also certain areas of his game that he needs to improve. And as a result, it does feel like he is someone who won’t be expected to come in and become a regular in the first-team immediately.
At 20 years of age though, he has all the time in the world to grow as a footballer and it certainly looks like he could be a good fit in Postecoglou’s style of football. Thus, there might be big things waiting for Urhoghide in the future.
For the time being though, one should not be surprised if the Hoops still decided to sign a centre-back or two this summer, considering their lack of depth in defence and with Kristoffer Ajer being linked with a summer exit as well.