Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide names Koulibaly as footballing idol

By Euan Davidson

July 6, 2021

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide has named Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as his football hero.

Koulibaly has been the subject of bountiful speculation for years. Gazzetta Dello Sport say that Liverpool were interested in spending as much as €50m (£42.8m) on the centre-back, who was valued at double that just a year ago. The 30-year-old, twice the Senegalese Player of the Year [Transfermarkt], has won two trophies with Napoli.

Speaking on an Instagram Q+A with Celtic, Urhoghide said:

“One player which I’ve been really analysing and watching is Koulibaly from Napoli. He’s a defender. He has similar attributes [to] me and hopefully I’ll get to his level, and improve as I watch him.”

Urhoghide wasn’t done there, in terms of setting lofty heights at Celtic. Dutch-born, but eligible to play for Holland, Nigeria or England, Urhoghide named two key Dutch influences who wore the Green and White.

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“There’s been lots of great talent at Celtic that have been Dutch as well. The likes of Frimpong, [Virgil] van Dijk, they’ve all progressed in their career at Celtic, and had great careers. Hopefully I can do great things at Celtic, too.”

In a surprisingly fun Q+A, Urhoghide also confirmed that he prefers to score last minute winners to last minute clearances, Ronaldo to Messi, and he’s into Batman. He claims to have watch ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ “multiple times”, and recommends it. He’s also into video editing, as shown by his YouTube channel, as well as gospel and rap music.

All in all, very wholesome content.

Urhoghide wants to emulate Kalidou Koulibaly, and the new Bhoy’s lofty aims can only be good news for Celtic

Now, obviously, he wasn’t going to say:

“My footballing idol was Rafael Scheidt. I saw what he did at Celtic, and I want that for me. As for Dutch players like myself, I’m inspired by Edson Braafheid and Dirk Boerrigter.”

Ronaldo and Koulibaly – both appreciate by Urhoghide / (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images )

But in terms of setting his sights high and aiming to learn from one of the world’s top defenders, this can only be a good thing. It’s also more evidence that Urhoghide is absolutely sound. Talking about the Celtic supporters, he also added that he’d been blown away by the support he’d received so far [Celtic Instagram]:

“Before joining Celtic, I knew how big the club was, and the fanbase, how passionate they were for the fans. But I didn’t realise until I joined how actually massive the fans were, and how much they care about the club.

“I’ve had so much support so far in joining, and hopefully I’ll repay you back on the pitch.”

Not one Celtic fan would wish him anything else.

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