Celtic prospect Osaze Urhoghide bounces back from nightmare start on loan

By John McGinley

February 27, 2022

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide bounced back from his nightmare debut for Oostende with a fine performance for the club this weekend.

Urghogide signed on loan for the Belgian outfit at the end of the winter transfer window and was handed his debut two weeks ago.

It didn’t go well with his team losing 3-0 and the 21-year-old hauled off at half-time. He subsequently missed last week’s match win at home to Standard Liege, but seems to have finally settled into life abroad.

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He was rated by FotMob as Oostende’s best player in a 0-0 draw against St Truiden, starting as a right-sided centre-back in a three-man defensive line.

The prospect made 12 ball recoveries, three clearances, an interception and a tackle throughout the 90 minutes, winning half of his duels.

He was also tasked with bringing the ball out of defence, completing three of four attempted dribbles and completing 49 of his 67 attempted passes, one of which led to a chance.

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It’s just one game for him and he’ll want to show consistency, but he has at least shown he can positively contribute to his loan side, who hold an option-to-buy the player.

Despite that transfer clause, Urhoghide recently shared that Ange Postecoglou sees a long-term future for him at Celtic, so his move very much seems designed to aid his development rather than move him on.

Oostende have a difficult schedule ahead with fixtures against Anderlecht, Club Brugge and league leaders Union SG – so that will be a real test of the young player’s ability.

In other news, Michael Stewart delivers verdict on what went wrong for Celtic today; says pitch was factor