Celtic’s Armstrong Oko-Flex has revealed that an Arsenal legend helped him to become the player that he currently is.
The Hoops starlet is currently earning rave reviews on Celtic’s left-wing whilst playing for the reserve team. He has revealed though that his youth coach at Arsenal, former Premier League winner Freddie Ljungberg, was the player who converted him from a striker to a winger.
“I would say my best position is probably left-wing” the winger said in an interview on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
“It’s changed me”
“I was a striker at under 14s, under 15, when I then had Freddie Ljungberg, as a coach at Arsenal. He’s the one that moved me out wide, and ever since then, it’s changed me. I’ve been a winger since then.”
As the play is still only 17, he has not been a winger for that long. However, it seems that is where he will play for the foreseeable future.
Featured in pre-season tour
Oko-Flex has featured for the Hoops first-team during their pre-season tour this season. He scored in the 6-1 win over SC Pinkafeld in June.
It is probably too early for him to be considered for the first-team, but he did make the bench for the 2-1 win over Hearts at the end of last season.
Should Oko-Flex keep playing well in the reserves though, an opportunity may well come for him. If that happens, and he succeeds, Celtic fans should thank Ljungberg, for spotting the player’s potential on the wing, and not as a striker.