Celtic and Jonathan Afolabi made the decision to grant the player a loan move in the January window. The Irishman moved to Dunfermline in the Championship.

It has to be said, that the move is paying off so far. Afolabi scored his second goal in five games for the Pars, with the equaliser in the recent 1-1 draw with Queen of the South.

That goal was important to his team. It moved them only two points behind Dundee in the battle for a Championship promotion playoff place.

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Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi

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

Interestingly, Afolabi mentioned Celtic in an interview with the official Dunfermline website after the game.

“Nothing specific said”

“There was nothing specific said from the guys at Celtic, it was something I wanted to do, to play professional football.  I’m glad to be here at Dunfermline and it’s been a great start, I just want to keep it going” he said.

At 20, it is no surprise that Afolabi wanted to play regular football. He had not made the breakthrough yet in his first six months at Celtic.

Celtic duo Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi

Celtic duo Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Now he has done at Dunfermline, and the move is paying off. The move is exactly what Neil Lennon and Celtic would have hoped it would be so far.

Has to be catching the eye of Hoops boss

The player is getting regular first-team football, and finding the back of the net. That has to be catching the eye of the Hoops boss.

At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a natural third choice striker at Celtic behind the duo of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.

Vakoun Bayo and Patryk Klimala seem to be relegated to late substitute appearances. Should Afolabi continue to impress on loan, then you have to imagine that he will be right up there next season when it comes to the possible third choice striker at the club.

All Afolabi can do is keep scoring goals, and hope that Neil Lennon notices.

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