Celtic decided to let a few players leave on loan in January, in an attempt to get the players some first-team football.

Two of the higher-profile departures saw Lee O’Connor move to Partick Thistle, and Jonathan Afolabi join Dunfermline.

Those players had yet to make the breakthrough to the Hoops first-team this season, so it made sense for Celtic to move them on.

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Duo heading in different directions

Looking at the moves now, it seems that the duo are heading in a different direction. Afolabi has become a key man for Dunfermline, whilst O’Connor recently lost his place for Partick.

Celtic full-back Lee O'Connor

Celtic full-back Lee O’Connor (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Afolabi has two goals and one assist in six games for the Pars, which is a more than respectable record for a player who has just started playing at the Championship level.

Meanwhile, O’Connor had been a regular for the struggling Jags, making five appearances, but he has been left on the bench for Thistle’s last two games.

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That can’t be the best of signs for the player, if he can’t get into a team that is at the bottom of the Championship. It will be interesting to see what happens next to the players, with football in lockdown for the moment.

Hoops boss may well have discussions with duo

You would imagine that they might end up returning to Celtic, at least at some stage. If that is the case, it will be interesting to see if Neil Lennon decides to have discussions with the players.

Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic’s Jonathan Afolabi (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It is fair to say that Afolabi’s move seems to be going better than O’Connor’s. However, should O’Connor return to Partick, perhaps he will pick up his game after the aforementioned discussions with Lennon.

As for Afolabi when he returns to Dunfermline, all he has to do is keep doing what he has been doing. That could lead to him getting a chance in the Celtic first-team at some stage.

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