IT’S make-your-mind-up-time for Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide.
Ange Postecoglou is prepared to allow the defender, whose only first-team appearance since his summer arrival from Sheffield Wednesday was in the 3-2 Europa League win over Real Betis last month, to go out on loan for the remainder of the season.
That has alerted Dundee boss James McPake who hopes to persuade the 21-year-old Dutchman to join him at Dens Park to help in the bid to fight off relegation with the club just two points above rock-bottom St Johnstone.
ON THE RUN…Osaze Urhoghide challenges a Real Betis opponents during his only Celtic first-team outing this season.
However, the Tayside gaffer faces competition for the versatile back-four performer who can play on the right and in the centre, from former Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson, according to a media report across the border.
The ex-Fir Park gaffer, who led the team to two Cup Final defeats against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in season 2017/18, took over League One Morecambe in June after quitting the Lanarkshire outfit following three and a half years in charge.
Robinson has targeted Urhoghide to help his team, currently fourth from bottom, in their battle to remain in the third tier.
It is now up to the youngster to agree his next move, but it looks as though he is going to be in the thick of a survival struggle for the remainder of the campaign.
EAR EAR…Leigh Griffiths celebrates a Dundee goal against Aberdeen last month – only his second since joining on loan from Celtic.
Dundee, of course, still have Leigh Griffiths on loan from the Hoops and both clubs are still in talks about the 31-year-old striker’s future.
The former Scotland international has scored only twice in 14 appearances and the Dens hierarchy could trigger a release clause in his contract which was originally intended to cover the entire season.
The Parkhead side are not keen to have the one-time fans’ favourite returned and the clubs could reach a compromise before the end of the month.