Celtic are delighted to announce the deal that takes Chelsea player Kenneth Omeruo on a season-long loan to Celtic Park
Celtic Sign Omeruo
The Nigerian will come to play back-up to Celtic’s current centre backs, but also provide an extra depth to Celtic’s backline following the departure of van Dijk earlier in the summer window. The 21 year old started his career with Standard Liège in Belgium, before moving to Chelsea.
Upon signing his contract with the club, Omeruo said he was ‘excited to play for a team with Celtic’s stature’ and ‘play with top quality players’.
I am really pleased to join Celtic, it’s a club that I can learn lots from, as the players here are great, and I can’t wait to play with top quality players, which they are here. Celtic have a lot of history and I am looking forward to be a part of it and I am excited to play for a team with Celtic’s stature.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila said he was pleased that Omeruo joined the club, as ‘he had plenty of options – many where he could play regularly’.
I am pleased. Kenneth is a young player with lots of potential, but lots to learn still – which hopefully he can learn here. I am pleased he chose to join us, he had plenty of options – many where he could play regularly – but he chose us, which I am pleased about.
Nigerian Omeruo started his career in Belgium, with Standard Liège, but previously had trials with fellow Belgian side Anderlecht and Nigerian side Sunshine Stars before joining the Rouches.
However, in 2012, he signed for English outfit Chelsea – without making a senior appearance for Liege – but was immediately loaned to Dutch side ADO Den Haag on an 18 month loan deal. He made his debut for the club against SC Heerenveen, and scored his first goal for the club against FC Groinigen. His second and final goal for the Dutch side came against VVV-Venlo, where he subsequently scored an own-goal three minutes later, and managed to get himself sent off – becoming the first player in Dutch football’s history to score both a goal and own-goal and get himself sent off in the same game.
In January 2014, he joined fellow English side Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.
He made his debut a month later, against Doncaster Rovers. He then re-joined Middlesbrough on loan for next season, and became a fan favourite at the club, and a regular in defence. His performances throughout his loan spells have tipped him to become a Chelsea regular in the future.
Despite only being 21 years of age, Omeruo is a regular in Nigeria’s senior side, and so far has 28 caps for the Super Eagles. His form during his loan spell in Holland earned him a senior call up aged 19, and since then has been a mainstay in the defence. He helped the African side win the 2013 African Cup of Nations, playing in every game during the competition. He also started every game in 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including their last 16 defeat to France.