Confirmed: Osaze Urhoghide returns to Celtic despite Belgian buy option

By Lewis Laird

June 13, 2022

KV Oostende has confirmed that Celtic loanee Osaze Urhoghide has returned to the club, having spent the second half of the season on loan in Belgium.

The 21-year-old joined the Hoops on a pre-contract deal last summer from Sheffield Wednesday as Ange Postecoglou’s first signing as Celtic manager.

Despite featuring during pre-season, the defender failed to make the breakthrough under the Bhoys boss, making just one appearance for the first team.

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That one appearance came in the final group stage match of the Europa League campaign in a 3-2 victory over Real Betis at Celtic Park.

Just a month later, the Dutch-born defender was shipped out on loan on transfer deadline day to Belgian League side KV Oostende.

Celtic have previously had workings in the transfer market with Oostende, having sent Jack Hendry on loan last campaign before he made the permanent move to Belgium.

Urhoghide’s loan move included a similar option to buy, and after making seven appearances for Oostende, club executives stated their intent to sign the former Sheffield Wednesday man on a permanent.

However, the club also stated that they could not afford the agreed fee and were looking to hold talks with Celtic over a potential cheaper deal.

In a news story released this afternoon ahead of pre-season, Oostende have now confirmed that Urhoghide has returned to Celtic upon the expiry of his loan deal, suggesting they won’t be taking up the option to buy.

Just a year on from signing, Celtic and Urhoghide already have a decision to make

With Urhoghide now expected to return ahead of pre-season at the beginning of the month, both the player and the club now have a decision to make.

Will the defender be handed another chance to impress the Celtic manager after a productive loan move, or will he be sent back out on loan?

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Only one year into his Celtic career, this summer already feels like a make-or-break for Urhoghide, who will have options elsewhere, such as a return to Oostende.

The signs suggest that Ange Postecoglou doesn’t believe the youngster will have what it takes at Parkhead, having included an option to buy in his recent loan deal.

But we have seen stranger things happen, so maybe there is a chance for Urhoghide to turn his career around at the club. We will have to wait and see.

In other news, Celtic midfielder explains what makes an Ange Postecoglou team-talk special.