Dundee fans impressed with Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi despite defeat

By John Reid

October 17, 2020

The Scottish Championship season started on Friday night with a game that was free for all to see on the BBC Scotland channel. Any Celtic fan watching would have seen loan Bhoy Jonathan Afolabi coming on at half-time for Dundee against Hearts.

Afolabi performed well in his 45 minutes, as he linked up well with striker Danny Mullen to set up Dundee’s second goal. However, despite that goal it was enough to prevent the Dens Park side falling to a 6-2 defeat in the first game of the season.

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Obviously that isn’t how Afolabi wanted the season to start. However, he can be pleased enough with his display. Also, as Dundee were 4-1 down at half-time it was highly unlikely that the striker was going to inspire a comeback.

Neil Lennon may have been watching the game whilst preparing for the Glasgow derby. He will have been impressed with Afolabi’s movement, and willingness to have a shot on goal.

Lennon will be more interested in how the player himself performs, rather than the results that Dundee get, although he won’t want the Dens Park club to go on a losing streak. That could have an adverse effect on Afolabi’s confidence.

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Fans wanted player to start game

Dundee fans on social media seemed impressed with the Celtic striker despite the heavy defeat on the night. More than a few questioned why manager James McPake didn’t start Afolabi in the game. Perhaps the reason for that is that the forward had been away with Ireland under-21s on international duty.

As a result Afolabi might not have got a lot of time to train with his teammates ahead of the match. Still, the Dundee fans and indeed Neil Lennon will be hoping that the player gets a start for Dundee sooner rather than later.

Jonathan Afolabi is one of Celtic’s long-term projects (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

That could well happen in Dundee’s next game, when they take on Morton at home next Saturday.

Here are some of the best reactions from Dundee fans to Afolabi’s performance:

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