Armstrong Okoflex appears scheduled to leave Celtic this month with contract running out

By David Walton

June 3, 2021

Armstrong Okoflex is currently scheduled to leave Celtic in the coming weeks with his contract said to be up this month.

When Okoflex signed for the Hoops officially back in September 2018, he signed a three-year contract. Transfermarkt have his deal down as expiring in June 2021. This lines up with the timeframe mentioned by Celtic when they announced his arrival.

At the time, it looked like an exciting acquisition. Okoflex told the official Celtic website how Brendan Rodgers, then Hoops manager, informed him that he would get games if he showed he had the quality.

However, it took Okoflex two-and-a-half years after signing before he would make his Celtic debut. Even that came after Covid regulations wiped out most of our team after the Dubai disaster. He bagged 39 minutes across two games against Hibernian and Livingston at Celtic Park in January. Despite showing some flashes of quality, he wasn’t given another opportunity by Neil Lennon or John Kennedy.

In fact, Okoflex wouldn’t even make another matchday squad. His campaign ended with a whimper just like many youngsters who couldn’t force their way into Celtic’s plans. Perhaps that says more about the lack of a development path for the youth players. Even so, it wasn’t ideal for Okoflex.

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There’s nothing in the pipeline that even suggests Okoflex is closing in on a new deal. At 19, however, there’s still plenty of development in there.

It would be ideal for Celtic to clarify exactly what’s going on here. It had appeared that Karomoko Dembele was set to leave the club this summer too. However, John Kennedy came out and stated he had another year on his contract. If Okoflex has the same clause in his deal, it would be nice to be made aware.

It feels a touch rash to be allowing him to go just yet. Especially when he’s yet to test his skills out on loan. Indeed, Okoflex’s two games for Celtic back in January is his only taste of senior football.

No sign of a new Celtic contract from Armstrong Okoflex (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With the Celtic Colts operating in the Lowland League next season, that would normally provide a chance to see how Okoflex adapts to that level of competition. Yes, it’s a far cry from first-team level at Celtic, but it’s men’s football. Against Hibs and Livingston, it was noticeable how much work Okoflex still has to do with his physical development. The Lowland League would be ideal for that kind of growth.

Of course, he isn’t the only one with troubles making the jump from the academy to senior level. You could rhyme off the talented youngsters who are struggling to make that step up. The likes of Luca Connell, Lee O’Connor, Kerr McInroy, Scott Robertson, and Jonathan Afolabi make up just some of them.

But if Celtic plan on keeping Okoflex beyond the summer, they’ve yet to make supporters aware of it. As things look from the outside, he’s still scheduled to leave at some stage this month.

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