The Ange signing who could have been handed a fresh Celtic lifeline
Earlier today, Ange Postecoglou and his staff made their return to Lennoxtown after enjoying a well-deserved summer break.
Off the back of winning a league and cup double last season, preparations are now underway as the Hoops look to defend their titles.
Whilst some of the regulars in Postecoglou’s squad returned to training this afternoon, there were also a few unfamiliar faces and returning loanees from last campaign.
One of the players returning from a spell out on loan was versatile defender Osaze Urhoghide.
Last year, the former Sheffield Wednesday youngster became Ange’s first official signing as Celtic manager, joining on a free after his contract expired. Despite featuring during the early friendlies in pre-season, Urhoghide was nowhere to be seen under the Celtic boss throughout the first half of the season. He made just one appearance, which came in a dead-rubber Europa League group stage fixture against Real Betis.
However, shortly after that game, the Dutchman was shipped out on loan until the end of the season, signing for Belgian League side Oostende. Many supporters were a little surprised to see an option to buy included in the defender’s loan deal, and it suggested that Urhoghide no longer had a future at Parkhead.
A lifeline for Urhoghide at Celtic?
After a short stay in Belgium, Urhoghide had done enough for Oostende to want to make the deal permanent. However, they quickly admitted that they couldn’t afford the agreed price.
This has led to the Celtic man returning to Scotland and linking up with the first-team squad for pre-season training.
He may only be one year into his career at Celtic, but it already feels like this could be Urhoghide’s final lifeline to convince Postecoglou he can be part of his future plans.
As photographed by agency SNS, the 21-year-old looks to have come back in good physical condition. It is now up to him to prove his worth and why he should be a Celtic player.
Personally, I have my doubts over whether the defender will be good enough to forge a career with the Bhoys.
However, there is no better example than Anthony Ralston for how quickly a player’s game can turn around within a matter of months.
So, I am sure the Celtic manager won’t be shut off to the possibility.