Celtic starlet Lee O'Connor discloses why he agreed Partick Thistle move

By John Reid

January 25, 2020

Celtic starlet Lee O’Connor, who recently joined Partick Thistle on loan, has disclosed why he agreed to move to the Championship side.

He disclosed that he is eager for more first-team football after making his debut for the Irish international team last season, against New Zealand.

“Just want more”

Celtic’s Lee O’Connor, who recently joined Partick Thistle on loan (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“You just want more, when you go back down to the reserve games, it’s just quite difficult” the player, who is 19, said.

“You play in massive stadiums with a massive crowd and you go back to maybe a training ground with 50 people watching, and it is difficult.”

He then revealed why Celtic were keen to agree to the move.

“They think it’s good for me obviously, it’s only down the road, so they can keep an eye on me, the most important thing for me now is just to get playing” O’Connor said.

International debut went very well

Lee O’Connor playing for Ireland against New Zealand (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It is not surprising that O’Connor is eager to once more taste first-team football. His debut for Ireland went very well, as he set up one of the goals in the 3-1 win over New Zealand in November.

Obviously the attendances at the Championship games O’Connor will play in for Thistle will not match the attendance that watched his full Ireland debut.

However, as the player himself has identified, it can’t be easy going from such a big game to a reserve game that is watched by a miniscule crowd.

Unlike his fellow Celtic teenager Jeremie Frimpong, O’Connor has yet to make the breakthrough to the Hoops first-team.

However, it is a good sign for the player that Celtic were eager to get the loan deal done. It shows that the club wants the players to get regular football, when its not going to be possible at the moment at Celtic.

Playing Championship teams every week will be a better judge of O’Connor’s ability as a player than playing in reserve matches.

Hopefully the move works out well for O’Connor, and he can return to Celtic in the summer ready to compete for a first-team place.