Celtic starlet Jonathan Afolabi has explained why he decided to make the move from the Hoops to Dunfermline on a loan deal for the rest of the season.
He revealed that being close to Celtic was a key factor in moving to the Championship side.
“It makes it easier”
“It makes it easier to be able to stay in contact with Celtic and see what are the aspects of the game I can improve” he said, at a press conference at East End Park on Tuesday.
The forward also believes that it will be provide him with a chance to kick-start his first-team career, which so far hasn’t happened at Celtic Park.
“It felt like a good opportunity to get started and try and get good experience…I’ll try to get on the score sheet as many times as I can” he concluded.
The player, who is 20, could make his debut for his new team when they take on Queen of the South on Saturday.
Perhaps Hoops boss will watch player in action
With Celtic not in action until Sunday this weekend, it will be interesting to see if Neil Lennon decides to watch his loanee in action.
The aspect of being close to Celtic is certainly interesting. That seems to be a trait of some recent loan deals Celtic have completed.
Lee O’Connor moved to Partick Thistle, and Conor Hazard joined Dundee.
Maybe a prerequisite of any loan deals for those youngsters was that they would move to another Scottish team where it is easier for the Hoops to keep an eye on them.
It is also easier to maintain contact with the players, as pointed out by Afolabi. The most important thing for Afolabi though will be to get some playing time between now and the end of the season.
At the moment, it is hard to tell what strikers will still be at Celtic when next season starts. The only one probably guaranteed to be at the club is Patryk Klimala.
Therefore, a good run for Dunfermline coupled with plenty of goals could put Afolabi into first-team contention at Celtic Park next season.