Osaze Urhoghide shares first message with Celtic supporters; why he joined the club

By Euan Davidson

July 1, 2021

Quick as a flash, Celtic have brought another talented youngster to the club in the form of Osaze Urhoghide.

Osaze Urhoghide wasn’t on Bhoys fans’ radar until this morning [Daily Record], and now he’s through the door. Celtic announced a four-year deal had been signed today, with the Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou singing the Dutch-born defender’s praises.

Now, Urhoghide has had his say on the move up to Glasgow, and he sounds excited to get going under the former Australia manager.

The new Celtic man told Celtic FC:

“It feels great to get it over the line. It’s been a long season making a decision where to go, and it’s good to be here at Celtic.

“I spoke to the manager. He has a good vision for the club and the club is in a rebuilding stage. I see his passion and his work with young players and I feel he can help me develop into a better player.’

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“To have the manager speak to you and to know he wants you is great. He told me the plans he has to get to the next level and it’s good to know the manager wants you in his plans to succeed.”

Urhoghide takes on Teemu Pukki: Celtic future v Celtic past / (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Urhoghide continued [Celtic FC]:

“I’ll make a lot of big tackles in games and put in a lot of hard work. The work-rate will be there and the tackles will be there.

“It’ll be good to see the fans when they get back into the stadium. I’ve heard about the atmosphere, especially in the European games, but also in the league games. To be at a big club like Celtic is just great, and to have the fans on your side supporting you like that, I’m excited.

“I want to show the manager, the fans and my team-mates what I can do.

“Everyone’s pushing for a shirt at the start of the season and, with the European games coming up, we need to secure our place quickly so I’m ready.

“It’s a dream to play in the Champions League qualifiers and, hopefully, I can play in more games and show everyone on the European stage what I can do.”

Ange Postecoglou: chuffed to bits / (Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images)

All the right noises, and it’s a good look for the Hoops

This is fantastic stuff. Obviously, a new signing is never going to come in and say something like: “I’m planning on starting well, then tailing off, and ultimately leaving under a cloud”. Or “the new manager sounds bonkers, and I’ve got my agent on speed dial just in case”.

So, when a new signing arrives, they’re going to say positive things. But it’s the nature of the positive things. Clearly, he’s ambitious, and sees himself in the first-team right away. That’s the exact hunger we ask of our players. Being less than world-class is forgivable, but not trying isn’t, and Urhoghide already sounds mentally equipped for the job at hand.

Forgive us for being a shade excited, but this is really good business. If our manager is capable of coaxing talent wanted by the likes of Benfica and Sporting Club de Portugal, then he’s clearly an upgrade on what came before.

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