Celtic-daft Barry Bannan helped sell Osaze Urhoghide to Parkhead

By David Walton

July 7, 2021

Big Celtic supporter Barry Bannan helped play a key role in selling the club to new man Osaze Urhoghide.

The duo were team-mates at Sheffield Wednesday, where Urhoghide made his senior debut back at the beginning of 2020. However, his Owls career would come to an end last week with his contract having expired and the Hoops snapping him up quickly.

The move from Wednesday to Parkhead was always going to be an obvious step-up. Both in terms of quality and mentally, it takes a lot more to be a success at Celtic Park than it does at Hillsborough.

Even so, Wednesday Bannan played his part by bigging up the Hoops that he adores so much.

As quoted by The Herald, Urhoghide said: “I knew about Celtic being so dominant (growing up). But I didn’t realise how much the fans love the club, how much passion they have got the club, until I got here.

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I spoke to Barry Bannan. He grew up with Scottish football. He is a Celtic fan as well. He told me about the fans, their love for the club and the way it is here. The fans have been really supportive. They have big expectations but that will help to push me.

“The team wants to improve from last season and do better this season. We are all working as hard as possible to get where we want to be.”

Barry Bannan influence worked; Celtic fans will hopefully see Osaze Urhoghide for the first time today

Whatever details Bannan gave Urhoghide about Celtic, it’s paid off. The young defender, who can play either at centre-back or right-back, is currently with the squad in Wales.

Celtic fans will be hoping to see the Dutch-born star for the first time in today’s friendy match against Sheffield Wednesday.

It will also be interesting to see where Ange Postecoglou sees Urhoghide operating in this Celtic squad. Whether he is indeed supposed to be our first-choice right-back or whether he’s been added for centre-back cover.

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Today’s team selection should give us a fair idea of the manager’s plans. It’s worth mentioning, however, that Urhoghide played the vast majority of his games with Wednesday as a centre-back.

If Kris Ajer is to depart, then it’s difficult to see why we should be giving him minutes. Especially if he isn’t going to be in the plans for our UCL qualifier against Midtjylland.

Fingers crossed Urhoghide can prove to be a reliable figure as he continues to develop in Glasgow. And fair play to Bannan for playing a role too.

In other news, Tom Rogic reportedly went the extra mile yesterday as he looks to revive his Celtic career.