"He has a lot of qualities" - Celtic defender continues to impress manager on second loan spell

By Lewis Laird

August 3, 2022

Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide has continued to impress manager Yves Vanderhaeghe at the beginning of his second loan spell with Oostende.

The 22-year-old spent time in Belgian with his current side last season during the second half of their league campaign.

Oostende made their intent clear that they were interested in signing Urhoghide on a permanent basis. However, they couldn’t afford the agreed option to buy deal.

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Despite spending the beginning of pre-season as part of Ange Postecoglou’s first team, the former Sheffield Wednesday man was quickly shifted out on loan, joining Oostende for a second loan spell.

Urhoghide will now spend the season in Belgium, and the defender made his debut last weekend in his side’s 2-1 win over KV Mechelen, where he came up against a few familiar faces to the Celtic support.

It appears that the Celtic loanee has hit the ground running from where he left things off in Belgian after he was praised by current Oostende boss Yves Vanderhaeghe.

The 52-year-old, who is in his second spell as manager of the club, didn’t sign Urhoghide after taking the role in February this year. However, he was impressed enough to bring him back to the club and has hailed him for his qualities as a player.

He said [Walfoot]: “He is a bear. Defensively, he has a lot of qualities. And the first thing a defender has to do is defend, of course.

“He still has to grow a little bit by taking the initiative with the ball. If he happens to get the ball back up, he can do it with a little more conviction.”

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Urhoghide is already well settled in Belgium.

After spending half a season in Belgium with Oostende, the Dutch-born defender already seems well settled into life at his ‘new’ club.

Once again, Oostende and Celtic have included an option-to-buy deal for next summer in the defender’s current loan move, which would suggest that his future is destined to be elsewhere.

Despite only featuring on a handful of occasions for the Hoops, it seems best for all parties at this stage that his long-term future is spent with his current side in Belgium.

Oostende appears to be getting the best out of Urhoghide, and Vanderhaeghe likes the qualities he possesses, which should hopefully help him develop into a better player.

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