SPFL boss set to "revisit" move for Celtic defender Urhoghide

By Euan Davidson

January 18, 2022

Dundee boss James McPake intends to “revisit” a move for Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide.

Former Sheffield Wednesday man Urhoghide was heavily linked with a move to Dens Park last week, although a loan hasn’t materialised. McPake sounded cynical about a move happening at all, but now he says he would’ve expected to have landed Urhoghide at this point.

The Hoops summer signing also reportedly has options in England. Morecambe are believed to be keen to bring the defender in to bolster their survival bid in EFL League One [Daily Express].

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Urhoghide has just one first-team appearance to his name this season. He was impressive in the Europa League against Real Betis. Celtic ran out 3-2 winners in a breathless encounter, and Urhoghide showed real promise with his tackling, distribution and eagerness to get up the right flank.

The Dundee manager clearly saw that game. And he’s sure that a deal could’ve been achieved by this point in January. However, he’s not giving up just yet.

He told the Courier: “[Urhoghide] is one we thought we’d have done by now. There have been a couple like that.

“It could still happen but I think he has a few options. It is one we will revisit after tomorrow night [when Dundee visit Livingston].”

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Surely a move to Dundee or elsewhere on cards for Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide

At this point, it’s a case of getting something done.

The sooner Osaze Urhoghide is starting games, whether it’s for Dundee, Morecambe or someone else, the quicker he’ll develop.

We know the attributes are there. He was decent at Championship level for Sheffield Wednesday, and showed in Europe that he can fit in no problem. Now, the challenge is to get consistent minutes and harness those attributes on a weekly, or even bi-weekly basis.

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There’s very obviously a plan for Osaze Urhoghide, long-term. The first real Ange Postecoglou signing, technically speaking, the Dutch defender wasn’t brought to Celtic for no reason. Off the pitch, his attitude, work ethic and approachability with fans have made him popular with supporters.

He’s a guy we want to see succeed. For now, though, there’s too much competition for him at Celtic Park.

At 21, there’s no time to waste. If Dundee are the ones who secure his signature for the next portion of the season, then it’ll provide really meaningful experience for the versatile young defender.

Surely, he’ll be the next one we see leave Celtic on loan. The sooner he can get playing, the better.

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