Celtic signed Osaze Urhoghide from Sheffield Wednesday for a four-year term.
The 20-year-old defender had his contract expired and opted to join new coach Ange Postecoglou as the first signing of the Greek-Australian era after taking over in June.
Dutch-born Urhoghide began his professional career with AFC Wimbledon in 2018, before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2019 and making 19 appearances over two seasons with the championship team.
Postecoglou said of Urhoghide’s signing: “He’s fantastic. He’s someone the club has been tracking for a while and when I joined him I got to meet him and he’s a good guy, he’s very ambitious.
Thank you Sheffield Wednesday and everyone who has participated over the past two years from staff to fans. Since my first Brighton away appearance at the Yorkshire Derby in Leeds, he has given me memories that will last a lifetime.swfc pic.twitter.com/87ghtc8FET
– Osaze Urhoghide (Osazeus) July 1, 2021
“He has just started his football career but he has shown all the attributes on and off the field to want to be a top player, so it is great to join him here. He can play two positions in defence, and most importantly, he is really keen on learning and developing and I think this will be a great environment for him. .
“He’s a modern defender. He’s good athletically, he’s mobile, he’s fast and he wants to play the ball. He can play in two different positions, and from our point of view, the way we want to play football, there are certain things I look for in players regardless of age, and he has some Really good traits to be an outstanding defender.
“The most important thing is that he has a real desire to reach the top. He is excited to join the club, which is important to me because that’s the first thing I want to hear from the players, they are really keen to join us.”
Urhoghide joins former Sheffield Wednesday teammate Liam Shaw at Celtic. The midfielder signed a four-year contract after agreeing to a pre-contract agreement in March.