Ange Postecoglou the reason Osaze Urhoghide snubbed EPL for Celtic

By Euan Davidson

July 7, 2021

New Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide had his chance to sign for EPL clubs.

Instead, he chose Celtic and Ange Postecoglou. At a time when the Bhoys need reinforcements in defence, Urhoghide was a welcome, if surprising, addition to the squad.

And it seems that the vision of new boss Postecoglou was what swung the decision in the end. The Celtic manager’s powers of persuasion came to the fore again, having already agreed a new deal for Leigh Griffiths.

Urhoghide was clearly sold on what Celtic had to offer him. Very likely, that’ll be plenty of first-team football.

Asked by Sky Sports about his choices this summer, Urhoghide said:

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“Yeah there were some teams there, the Premier League would have been nice but it’s also about playing and developing.

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“It’s about the manager and the culture of the club and it’s that environment that will help you develop and improve as a player. Celtic had all those options for me.”

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If young talents are rejecting EPL to join Celtic, that’s a good thing

While Osaze Urhoghide is just one player, here’s hoping it’s the start of a trend.

There was real worry last season. Celtic were linked with players like Bright Osayi-Samuel and Alfie Doughty for months. However, our inability to attract players from the Championship and League One meant we were losing out to the likes of Stoke City for talent.

That trend appears to be reversing. There’s belief in Postecoglou’s “project”, going by this very small sample size. Of course, the real analysis will come from the end of the transfer window. Who stays, as much as who goes, will be a key sign of how influential Postecoglou can be.

At the very least, it’s promising stuff. It’s evidence that Celtic are an attractive prospect again. While little was known about Urhoghide in Scotland, he was hotly-tipped by reports in England [67 Hail Hail YouTube].

It feels like Celtic are having to prove themselves all over again to talent outside of Scotland. Urhoghide, then, will provide a case study, as though English-based talents haven’t succeeded for Celtic in the past.

Central to that will be our boss. If Ange Postecoglou can persuade players out of joining EPL sides, it can only be seen as a positive for the future.

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