Ange Celtic signing has been absolutely blown away by Lennoxtown training sessions

By David Walton

January 6, 2022

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide has opened up on the Lennoxtown training sessions under Ange Postecoglou as he admitted to being blown away by the demand for success.

Urhoghide arrived from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer as Postecoglou’s first-ever signing. The likable English starlet came up with limited first-team game-time to his name, and it’s fair to say it’s been a period of adaption for him since then.

After a tough pre-season, Urhoghide’s place in the Celtic squad became clear as he watched on regularly from the bench during the first half of the campaign. Indeed, Osaze has only made 2 appearances this term as he takes the first steps in what will hopefully be a long-term career at Parkhead.

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And as he continues to look forward, he’s opened up at the demand put on the players both in training and in games. As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Urhoghide said: “At a club like Celtic, second really isn’t good enough. It’s first or nothing, even in training. That’s one thing I’ve found different here, the demand to win. There’s expectation of success and that’s in training too.

“When we’re playing games, you have to be 100 per cent every day. I used to think I was dedicated before, but the levels of dedication now have to be higher. If not, you won’t get where you want to be.

“It has to be your life. Everything has to revolve around being ready for training and games. Even your sleep. You have to get that right too. Being here is a different kettle of fish. If you’re not mentally strong in football, you won’t last two minutes.”

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It shows just how different things are at Celtic. Remember, Urhoghide was at a high-level English Championship club before he came to Parkhead. He was training with experienced pros every day at a top level. But even that doesn’t compare to what he’s going through up here.

There’s undoubted potential in Urhoghide too. He has all the makings of a top-quality defender. But like Liam Shaw, he needs to exit Celtic Park for games.

A report from the Scottish Sun has stated that Celtic are weighing up offers for Urhoghide. With Shaw looking like being off to Motherwell, that’s the kind of move that simply has to be next on Urhoghide’s agenda.

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In Urhoghide’s latest Celtic appearance against Real Betis, there was a real dominance to his game. There was an assertiveness about his display that we hadn’t previously seen from him. Likely down to a lack of opportunities more than anything.

He’s now in a position where we need to be seeing that regularly from him. Imagine if he got a move to a Premiership club and started catching the eye with dominant Premiership showings? It would do absolute wonders for his Celtic career moving forward, just like it did for the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie respectively.

Hopefully, 2022 is a big year for the Englishman. He certainly has the talent.

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