OSAZE URHOGHIDE has agreed a second loan spell with KV Oostende.

The 22-year-old versatile former Sheffield Wednesday defender arrived at the Hoops last summer and spent the second half of the season with the Belgian Pro League side.

The Dutch right-back or centre-half made six first-team appearances and the club were keen to make the move permanent, but couldn’t reach a financial agreement with the Hoops and the player returned to Parkhead.

SHOVE OFF…Osaze Urhoghide attempts to power his way past a Real Betis defender in his first start for Celtic in the 3-2 Europa League win over the Spaniards at Parkhead in December.

Urhoghide was involved in the squad for the 10-day pre-season warm-up in Austria, but it has been decided he will benefit from game time at KV Oostende where there is again an option to buy included in the agreement.

Club president Gauthier Ganaye, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Osaze would like to return and we are therefore very pleased that we have a strong holder in the defence who already knows the way the club and trainer work.”

Urhoghide was one of 10 players flagged up by CQN earlier in the month we stated could be on their way out at the champions.

Errant left-back Boli Bolingoli has returned to Belgium and rookie keeper Ross Doohan, who has joined Tranmere Rovers, have already moved on permanent deals.

THE LONG GOODBYE…Boli Bolingoli has finally quit Celtic after only two first-team appearances following his Covid-bungling trip to Spain in August 2020.

Ivorian midfielder Ismaila Soro has agreed a season-long temporary move to Portuguese top-flight outfit FC Arouca and 23-year-old winger Mikey Johnston will almost certainly go on loan before the transfer window closes at midnight on August 31.

Also on our list are £5million Swiss flop striker Albian Ajeti, who has scored a miserly nine goals in two years since arriving from West Ham, and Christopher Jullien who saw a loan switch to Bundesliga club Schalke fall through at the last minute.

Liam Shaw, who arrived at Celtic at the same time as his Hillsborough team-mate just over a year ago, was at Motherwell for the second half of last term and the midfielder is likely to be farmed out again.

Youngsters Scott Robertson, the middle of the park anchorman who has already had THREE stints on loan, and Irish teen striker Johnny Kenny are two others who may be better served with game time elsewhere.

Now Urhoghide has made it five down and five to go.

Watch this space!

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