Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou could be heading for a transfer disaster at the start of the summer as the Hoops risk losing defender Osaze Urhoghide for good.
What are the news?
According to a recent Daily Record report, Belgian club KV Oostende are considering signing the centre-back permanently just one year after signing for Celtic.
Last July, the Hoops agreed a deal for the Sheffield Wednesday defender, making him the first signing of the Postecoglou era at Parkhead.
After making just one senior appearance for the Bhoys, in their 3-2 win over Real Betis in the Europa League in December, the 21-year-old joined Oostende on loan in the January transfer window. Since then, the former Hillsborough youngster has made seven league appearances for the Belgian club.
In those appearances, he showed what a competent defender he was by averaging 2.1 tackles, 2.9 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game. He also earned himself an overall performance rating of 6.81/10 from WhoScored, making him the club’s second highest rated player in the 2021/22 season.
Taking that into account, and with Urhoghide still having plenty of time ahead of him to become an important and very capable figure in the Hoops first team, to see him potentially leave permanently this summer after barely getting a chance to show what he is. he can do at Parkhead could be Postecoglou’s big mistake.
Bearing in mind how the Hoops have seen young players leave the club lately, such as Ben Doak and Leo Hjelde, adding Urhoghide to this list of former Parkhead youngsters to potentially thrive and thrive elsewhere wouldn’t be a surprise. good look for Bhoys. .
With Oostende reportedly weighing a decision on whether or not to use their option to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis, the Hoops will have to hope the Belgian club don’t trigger that option and instead send the player returning to Glasgow.
Otherwise, if they sign him outright, Celtic’s decision to put an option to buy when they loaned him out could well come back to bite them.
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