Celtic defender Lee O’Connor is ‘loving’ his loan at Tranmere Rovers this season as he prepares for a massive end to the campaign.
Rovers are still in the hunt for the English League Two title and an automatic promotion spot – though face a few contenders.
They currently sit in fourth position, just two points behind league leaders Cheltenham.
It’s an exciting time for O’Connor and his teammates. They can also look forward to a cup final at Wembley later this month, taking on Sunderland in the Football League Trophy final.
For the Republic of Ireland international, it’s about taking things a game at a time, but he’s clearly buzzing with his decision to head out on loan for the season.
As quoted by the official Tranmere Rovers website, O’Connor said: “I’m loving it so far. I’m getting games and we’re up near the top of the table where we want to be, and it’s been fantastic so hopefully we can keep it going until the end of the season.
“When you’re going out on loan you want to be playing games and up near the top of the table and that’s what we are doing, and I’m really enjoying my football at the minute.
“We’ve got a brilliant squad and it’s quite good for us, so hopefully we can keep this run of form going.
“It’s game after game, and that’s what everyone is looking forward to at the weekend, to have as many games, obviously it’s tough but it’s something to look forward to as well.”
Pressure of trophy push will benefit Lee O’Connor back at Celtic
Tranmere looks to have been a brilliant destination for the versatile Irishman.
It’s hard to simulate the pressure a player will feel turning out for Celtic every week, but a promotion push and a cup run is as close as it gets for a youngster.
O’Connor played in the quarter and semi-final of the EFL Trophy and looks set for a starting berth at Wembley. He’s also going to be a regular in their first-choice team between now and the end of the season.
He’s made 28 appearances overall this term, primarily at right-back, but also in midfield positions too.
The 20-year-old could be one of those now ready to breakthrough to the Celtic first-team under a new manager next season.
With Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd Elhamed saying goodbye to Celtic, there’s no barrier to progress.