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Celtic: Osaze Urhoghide took his chance against Real Betis

While the result of Thursday night’s Europa League fixture ultimately carried no significant importance, with Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side unable to finish any higher or lower than their third-place standing in Group G, the Bhoys nevertheless turned in a performance of the highest quality over the course of the 90 minutes, besting Real Betis 3-2 at Parkhead.

The fact that the 56-year-old handed debuts to both Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, as well as awarding rare starts to the likes of Scott Bain, Liam Scales, Ismaila Soro, James McCarthy and Albian Ajeti, made the victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s men all the more impressive, with many of the Hoops’ lesser-seen talents doing themselves no harm in their bids to secure a more regular spot in Postecoglou’s side going forwards.

However, it was undoubtedly versatile centre-back Urhoghide who shone the brightest on Thursday night, with the 21-year-old’s performance on the right of the Celtic back four very much stealing the show against Betis.

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18 defensive actions

Indeed, despite not playing a single minute of first-team football for Celtic prior to the Betis game, Urhoghide certainly proved to Postecoglou that he is more than ready to play an important role in the Hoops’ side over the second half of the current campaign.

Over his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £270k-rated defender made three clearances, won five tackles and made one interception, as well as winning a highly impressive nine duels – totalling 18 defensive actions.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man also enjoyed 65 touches of the ball, completed 30 passes (including one key pass), found his man with his one attempted cross and completed two dribbles.

These returns saw the 21-year-old, dubbed “rock solid” by his former Owls boss Darren Moore, earn a SofaScore match rating of 6.9; while Football Scotland handed the youngster an eight in their own player ratings, with Euan Robertson stating of Urhoghide’s performance: “Fantastic debut. Showed great recovery pace to pressure Diego Lainez early on and he displayed great energy to support the attack.”

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As such, while it is indeed true that his fellow debutant Liam Shaw also turned in an excellent display against Betis, Urhoghide’s returns on the night very much raise the question as to why Postecoglou has not fielded him sooner – a decision by the manager which the youngster certainly proved wrong on Thursday night.

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Article title: Celtic: Osaze Urhoghide took his chance against Real Betis

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