Osaze Urhoghide left Sheffield United for Celtic FC under controversial circumstances and he’s been like a fish out of water since joining Celtic Park. Playing time has been hard to come by, and within six months of the switch, the Hoops plan to ship the Super Eagles’ sole guest out of the club.
Celtic coach Ante Postecoglou has admitted that former Sheffield Wednesday player Osaze Urhoghide, who made the trip north under controversial circumstances last season, could find himself on the move in January.
The defender has yet to make an impact on the Celtic first team with only one Challenge Cup outing to his name.
“Now it’s about giving him the right opportunity, maybe here, maybe a loan deal somewhere, but we’ll make those decisions in January,” Postecoglou said.
Parkhead boss insists he’s improved as players since joining, due to hard work on the training ground, but says it’s harder to fit in with youngsters players in a team in transition.
Postecoglou said talks will be held with both players to find them the right loan opportunity in the winter window.
Asked about the lack of minutes for Urhoghide by Celtic fan media, he said: “It certainly hasn’t been an easy introduction for him and the fact that he’s already hit the ground and made an impact is big and positive.
“The key to that is to keep going, of course, because again, we are in the early stages of developing this football team and our players.
“But obviously we’ve brought him to a time when a lot of new players are on the team, the team is finding its way. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a lot of playing time for him but they are working hard in training every day.
“He pushes himself. I think even though he hasn’t played he has improved as a footballer. If you train with us every day one thing I will say is that you will get better.
“We’re going to sit down with him and see what’s the best way to go.”
Being born in the Netherlands and having lived in England, Urhoghide is eligible to play for both European nations, but instead chose to play for Nigeria, where both parents are from.
Urhoghide has indeed revealed that he would be honored to play international football for three-time African champion Nigeria.
He was born in the Netherlands to Nigerian parents 21 years ago and is also eligible for England after living in the country for around 15 years.
In a question-and-answer session with his fans, the center-half was asked if he would play for Nigeria and he replied: “Personally, it would be an honor to play for Nigeria. International football is something. something I’m working on and hope that in the near future I can play for them.
“I have options, Nigeria, the Netherlands, England too, so there are options so I’m working towards that.
“This is also one of my goals, so I hope I will achieve it in the near future. “
Urhoghide admits to being a Chelsea fan since he was a child because his Nigerian father supports the Stamford Bridge outfit. “Growing up, I always supported Chelsea. I lived in West London, my father supports Chelsea.
“I don’t know why I chose Chelsea, but probably because my dad supported them, but the teams I stayed with, too, supported them with ups and downs, but it has always been Chelsea.”
Since moving to Celtic from Sheffield on Wednesday in the summer transfer window, Urhoghide has made a competitive appearance for the Hoops and it was for their B team in an SPFL Trust Trophy clash against Morton on September 4.
The 21-year-old defender who was out of contract and chose to join new manager Postecoglou as the first signing of the Greco-Australian era after taking office in June.
Born in the Netherlands, Urhoghide started his professional career with AFC Wimbledon in 2018, before joining Sheffield on Wednesday in 2019 and made 19 appearances in two seasons for the championship.
Postecoglou said of Urhoghide’s signing: “It’s great. He’s someone the club has been chasing for a while and when I got on board I managed to meet him and he’s a good young man, he’s very ambitious.
“He’s just started his football career, but he shows all the attributes on and off the pitch to want to be a top player, so it’s great to have him here. He can play a few positions at the back and more importantly he is really keen to learn and develop and I think it will be a great environment for him.
“He’s a modern defender. He’s athletically good, he’s mobile, he’s quick and he wants to get on the ball. He can play in a number of different positions, and from our perspective, and the way we want to play our football, there are certain things that I look for in players regardless of their age, and he has some really good attributes. to be a better defender.
“The most important thing is that he has a real desire to reach the top. He’s delighted to be joining the club, which is important to me because it’s the first thing I want to hear from the players, that they are really looking forward to joining us.
When Urhoghide arrived at Parkhead earlier this summer, it was believed he could end up playing a big role in Postecoglou’s squad this season. At the time, figures like Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Watford were also said to have been interested in his signing.
But a few months later, it looks like Urhoghide will need some time to adjust to his new surroundings before making an impact on the First Team photo. While the 21-year-old made several appearances for Sheffield on Wednesday last season, he is yet to make his competitive debut for the Glasgow Giants.
Arriving at a club somewhat limited in defensive options, especially after Kris Ajer’s exit at Brentford, the 21-year-old center-half signed from Sheffield on Wednesday would have been forgiven for thinking that a chance for a Premier League first shirt ‘team would show up more quickly. than he thought. Instead, Urhoghide knows the chances will be limited because when they arrive, he will have to hit the ground running.