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Osaze Urhoghide: Why I turned  down EPL clubs for Celtic

Osaze Urhoghide


Nigeria- born defender Osaze Urhoghide who recently joined Celtic as Ange Postecoglou’s first signing has revealed why he made the decision to join the Scottish side instead.

The  “culture” at Parkhead and the chance to develop his game were the major consideration according to old former Sheffield Wednesday ace.

The highly-rated 21-year-old moved to the Scottish Premiership side on a four-year contract last week from Sheffield Wednesday following an impressive campaign with the Owls where he made 16 appearances in the Championship.

His performances  attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Crystal Palace and Leeds United in the English top flight, and Urhoghide’s new manager Ange Postecoglou says the centre-back has the credentials to become a “top player”.

Ahead of facing his former club in a friendly at Dragon Park in Newport, Urhoghide conceded that although Wednesday were relegated to League One last term it was nonetheless a difficult decision to depart Hillsborough, but Osaze who was born in Netherlands to Nigerian parents before moving to England, feels he made the correct choice concerning his future.

He told Sky Sports News: “It was a hard decision to leave Sheffield Wednesday, it was disappointing last season to go down. I had to weigh up my options to see what would have been best for my career and I ended up choosing Celtic.

“I believe it’s going to be a good move with the culture of the club, the expectation, the manager coming in and with what he wants to do and helping develop the players so it’s a good fit for me.

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When asked whether there were Premier League options for him, Urhoghide said: “Yeah there were some teams there, the Premier League would have been nice but it’s also about playing and developing.

“It’s about the manager and the culture of the club and it’s that environment that will help you develop and improve as a player. Celtic had all those options for me.


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