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Celtic: Osaze Urhoghide set to leave Parkhead

Celtic: Osaze Urhoghide set to leave Parkhead -Celtic News

Osaze Urhoghide is poised to leave Celtic this summer just a year after joining the club, according to Football Insider

The lowdown

The defender signed for Celtic in July 2021 following the expiry of his contract at Sheffield Wednesday. The Hoops paid just £207,000 in compensation to secure the signing, and he signed a four-year contract worth £790,400 in total.

However, the 21-year-old made just one senior appearance in the first half of the season, and that was when Ange Postecoglou made 11 changes for a Europa League dead-rubber clash against Real Betis.

Urhoghide was allowed to join Belgian outfit KV Oostende on loan in January, and they will have the option to buy him at the end of the season.

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The latest

A source told Football Insider that the expectation at Celtic is that Urhoghide will move on when the summer transfer window opens. If Oostende don’t exercise their purchase option or agree a contract, ‘he is likely to head elsewhere’, although the defender has admitted that he would like to remain with the Belgian club.

Postecoglou is willing to sanction the move because the 56-year-old has ‘better and more experienced options’ at his disposal.

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The verdict

While the likes of fellow 2021 arrivals Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Filipe Jota have flourished, scoring 34 goals and providing 19 assists between them, Urhoghide is one of the summer signings who hasn’t worked out so far for Celtic.

Football Scotland‘s Euan Robertson thought that the defender was ‘fantastic’ on his Hoops debut and marvelled at his ‘great’ recovery pace, handing him an eight out of 10 rating for that performance against Betis, but evidently the manager hasn’t been all that impressed with what he’s seen so far from the 21-year-old given the sparsity of game-time he has enjoyed.

The same can arguably said for James McCarthy, who also arrived following the expiry of his contract south of the border (at Crystal Palace in his case). He has started just four of Celtic’s 31 Premiership matches this season, playing a mere 29 minutes of top-flight football since the turn of the year.

The future at Parkhead doesn’t look particularly bright for either of those two players.

In other news, there has been a positive update on Johnny Kenny


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