Ange Postecoglou explains why Celtic have signed Osaze Urhoghide

By Euan Davidson

July 1, 2021

Well, that was quick: Celtic have announced the signing of Osaze Urhoghide on a four-year deal.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender became a free agent today. Celtic will pay a reported £200,000 for the Dutch-born centre back, due to training compensation fees.

A statement from Celtic FC read:

“Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of Osaze Urhoghide on a four-year deal from Sheffield Wednesday. The highly-rated 20-year-old defender has attracted interest from a number of top clubs in England and in Europe, but he has opted to join Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team.

“Born in The Netherlands, Osaze moved to England as a child, and his professional football career began with AFC Wimbledon before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2019, where he went on to make 21 appearances for the club.”

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou added [Celtic FC]:

“It’s great. He’s someone that the club’s been tracking for a while and when I came on board, I managed to have a meeting with him and he’s a good young man, he’s very ambitious.

“He’s just beginning his football career but he shows all the attributes on and off the field to want to become a top player, so it’s great to get him here. He can play a couple of positions at the back and, most importantly, he’s really keen to learn and develop and I think this will be a great environment for him.”

“Modern defender” Osaze Urhoghide joins Celtic ranks

Postecoglou continued [Celtic FC]:

“He’s a modern defender. He’s good athletically, he’s mobile, he’s quick and he wants to get on the ball. He can play a couple of different positions, and from our perspective, and the way we want to play our football, there are certain things I look for in players irrespective of age, and he’s got some really good attributes to be a top defender.

Osaze Urhoghide / (Photo by Ian Randall/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“The most important thing is, he’s got a real desire to reach the very top. He’s excited about joining the club, which is important to me because that’s the first thing I want to hear from players, that they’re really keen to join us.”

From nothing to a signing in one day. Few Celtic fans would’ve known anything about the former Championship defender before today. Rather than the usual routine of the club dragging their heels, they’ve jumped the queue. Ahead of the likes of Leeds United, Sporting CP and Benfica, too [Daily Record].

If this is a sign of things to come, we’re here for it.

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