Celtic will consider allowing youngster Osaze Urhoghide to leave permanently this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Urhoghide out on loan
The 21-year-old was loaned out to Oostende during the January transfer window in order to enjoy more regular playing time away from the Premiership.
Urhoghide had been limited to just one appearance for Celtic in the Europa League this season prior to his temporary exit, and he has since gone on to make seven starts for Oostende in the Belgian top flight.
The youngster will return to Parkhead when his loan spell expires next month, but it has been claimed that he may not be in Glasgow for much longer.
The Latest: Urhoghide could leave Celtic for good
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed that Ange Postecoglou could allow Urhoghide to leave Celtic for good in the summer. The journalist stated:
“It’s going to be an interesting one, I’m sure Celtic will consider this in the summer to see what they want to do with him.
“He’s obviously gone out to Belgium and done very well. Oostende are very keen to make that signing permanent, but I’m sure Ange Postecoglou will be looking at him.”
The Verdict: He could be better off going
Urhoghide seems to be a talented young footballer who has already made an impression during his fledgling career – he was once described as ‘immense’ by his former Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore – but all things considered, it would make sense for him to leave Celtic permanently.
First-team opportunities will likely become even harder to come by under Postecoglou, with the near-inevitability of Champions League group stage football requiring more stellar names to arrive at Parkhead this summer.
Urhoghide would be better off relocating elsewhere in order to not go stagnant and find himself on the substitutes’ bench every week; and perhaps a permanent move to Oostende, where he appears to be having a fruitful loan spell, could be best for him.
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