Celtic man Jonathan Afolabi has scored his first goal in Scotland after netting for Dunfermline Athletic against Dundee United yesterday – leading to their first win over Utd at East End Park in 13 years.

Afolabi has scored at youth level since signing for the Hoops in the summer. However, he had previously yet to get on the scoresheet at senior level, having failed to play a first-team game for Celtic this season.

He was sent out on loan to Dunfermline in January, and before yesterday had played two games without finishing the 90 minutes. Athletic boss Stevie Crawford, however, kept Afolabi on for the full game yesterday, and he rewarded him with a goal in a 2-0 win over the Championship leaders. You can watch the goals for yourself below:

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Dom Thomas provided a fine cross from the right that Afolabi ran in for to slot home. This came after Kevin Nisbet had already headed Dunfermline into a first-half lead. Afolabi’s goal, therefore, sparked real pandemonium in the home end. Afolabi jumped the advertising boards to get in with the supporters, thus resulting in his booking.

 

However, that wasn’t going to dampen his spirits on what was a huge day for the player himself and the Pars.

Afolabi could help spearhead a promotion push

Dunfermline’s 2-0 win against United yesterday wasn’t just three points. It was a result that firmly puts them back into the playoff picture.

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As things stand, Dunfermline sit two points behind Dundee, who occupy fourth place. That’s the lowest-ranked promotion playoff spot there is in the Championship. So it really is all to play for with 12 games still remaining.

Afolabi also managed to upstage 28-goal man Lawrence Shankland (Transfermarkt). It could’ve been more too. The youngster had a good chance in the first half but fired wide. He then blazed over after his goal as he fashioned another opening.

Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic forward Jonathan Afolabi (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It’ll be interesting to see what boost this goal and performance gives Afolabi. He still has plenty of work to do to get into the Celtic team, but this could be the catalyst for a brilliant loan spell for him.

Lennon said when the striker signed in the summer that he was “on the cusp” of the first-team (Sky Sports). Therefore, kicking on from here is crucial for Afolabi, who the manager clearly rates. And in fairness to him, you can’t get a better kick-on than a goal and win against the league leaders.

Do you think there’s a spot for Jonathan Afolabi in the Celtic squad next season? How close to the first-team squad is he in your eyes? Let us know in the discussion forum below.

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