Mystery over 2021 Celtic debutant Armstrong Okoflex
In a season that has been impossible to hide within, Celtic youngster Armstrong Okoflex has evaded almost everyone’s attention.
Signed from Arsenal in 2018, the highly-rated Irishman moved to Parkhead with large expectations bestowed upon his shoulders [Celtic FC]. However, it has to be said, his time in Glasgow has not transpired like initially anticipated.
For years now, many Bhoys supporters have taken issue with the inadequate utilisation of elite youth prospects. For an academy that holds so much potential stars, very few build their way into the first-team picture. Stephen Welsh and Conor Hazard are shining examples of Lennoxtown products in recent times.
Despite this, there is an argument to say both stumbled upon these opportunities due to severe positional depletion. In regard to Okoflex, the 19-year-old has not experienced such good fortune.
Things originally looked promising for Okoflex; now his Celtic career looks to be petering away
At the beginning of 2021, the Ireland Under-19 cap must have felt like he’d received a late Christmas present. With the Celtic senior squad decimated due to the ill-fated Dubai debacle [BBC]. The left-winger finally made his debut for the Celts at home to Hibernian as a substitute in January, following inclusion in the matchday roster [Transfermarkt].
Featuring again for the Celts five days later in the 0-0 home stalemate to Livingston off the bench [BBC], all signs steered towards a bright Celtic future for Okoflex. Hilariously, within these two fixtures the prodigy recorded a pass success rate of 100% [WhoScored]. Potentially having the best passing ability in the world, he really should be playing every week, right?
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) February 1, 2021
In all seriousness, his Hoops career looks to be drawing to a close. As reported by Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath, Huddersfield Town were set to sign Okoflex before pulling out at the last moment.
He’s been nowhere to be seen since those January appearances. No action from the bench and not even a senior squad appearance to his name. At 19, he’s at an age where he needs to be playing regular football.
Contractually, he is free to leave Celtic for a new challenge as of July 2021 [Transfermarkt]. Sadly, there is no sign of an extended contract agreement forthcoming. Therefore, it looks as if Celtic will be powerless to prevent him moving elsewhere.
And considering he’s been nowhere near the first-team in recent weeks, it would hardly surprise you either.