With all the confusion surrounding Scottish football at the moment, it will be interesting to see what happens to players that have been out on loan when things return to normal.

Celtic have a few players out on loan, who are all due to return at the end of the season. Of course, we don’t yet know when the end of the season is going to be.

However, lets say that the players return to Celtic when the season is either declared over, or when the leagues have been completed.

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Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic’s Jonathan Afolabi (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

What happens to the loan players with regard to next season will be intriguing. One player whose future will no doubt be debated by the Celtic staff is Jonathan Afolabi.

Impressed with Championship side

The striker impressed with two goals in six games for Championship side Dunfermline before his loan deal was cut short by the football lockdown.

That shows that he can find the back of the net at a decent level of play. Now Celtic will have to determine if he can play at the level of Scottish Premiership football.


Celtic duo Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic duo Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Perhaps a good way to judge would be to send Afolabi out on loan to another Premiership side. It would be a good test of the player to see how he fares for a team like Kilmarnock.


May only have a year to impress manager

However, looking at his contract he signed a three-year deal when he joined the club. Should he leave on loan for a year, it would give him only 12 months to impress Neil Lennon.

That would mean that a six-month loan deal would possibly make more sense. Next season could be a make or break one for Afolabi at Celtic.

After all, he is 20, and will be looking for first-team football after having a taste of it for Dunfermline. Therefore, what Celtic deicide to do with Afolabi, and indeed the rest of the loan players at the club, will be intriguing.

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