The big news before Celtic’s reserve cup clash against Dundee on Monday was the fact that Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths was starting the game.
However, he wasn’t the main talking point after the match, even though he scored a goal in Celtic’s 4-2 victory at Dens Park.
The main talking point after the game was Celtic’s attacking starlet Armstrong Oko-Flex. The winger, who is just 17, was at the heart of Celtic’s victory.
Involved in all four goals
No only did he set up two of Celtic’s goals, but he also won the penalty that was converted by Griffiths. He then scored the fourth goal which clinched the Hoops’ win.
If Neil Lennon was watching the game, he would be very impressed with the performance of the winger. Previously the game had been all about getting Griffiths game time. However, now it could be all about Okoflex.
Interestingly, Oko-Flex made the Hoops squad for the final game of last season, the 2-1 win over Hearts. However, unlike fellow starlet Karamoko Dembele, he didn’t make it off the bench.
Could make first-team breakthrough soon
However, so well did Oko-Flex perform against Dundee that it would not be a surprise to see him make the Celtic squad sooner rather than later.
The Hoops do have a lot of talented wingers in their squad though. That is perhaps the only thing that will stop Oko-Flex from making an immediate breakthrough.
Still, time is on the player’s side. He is only just at the beginning of his career. But his performance against Dundee is a promising sign for the future.