Potential Dundee move for Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi has rival fans wound up
The prospect of Jonathan Afolabi heading to Dundee on loan has most certainly wound up rival fans.
The Daily Record reported yesterday that the Championship club has identified Afolabi as a potential option to boost their striking options. The Republic of Ireland youngster is way down the pecking order at Celtic Park.
However, it’s wound up the conspiracy theorists in the Scottish football support. It all stems from Dundee changing their vote to end the leagues in Scotland last season, despite them being legally allowed to do so.
But that isn’t enough for fans of our rival clubs such as Rangers and Hearts. Nope, instead, there are some dodgy dealings going on, and they were quick to come out on social media yesterday:
Dundee are closing in on a deal for Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi.
….. well well. This is the first kickback Dundee are getting for changing their vote to allow Celtic to win the league and hearts to be expelled from the league. They haven’t taken long in calling in favours
— JamboSteve (@JamboSteve1) September 29, 2020
— bitablue (@StuartCab205) September 28, 2020
Dundee getting a Celtic player on loan? Nah no one on twitter predicted that did they 👀 hope the agreements aren’t via email
— Stuart Thomson (@StuartThomson9) September 28, 2020
Dundee get a Celtic player on loan, who would have thought it?
— Dink (@r0cketbaws) September 28, 2020
Dundee calling in they favours.
— forever&ever (@cwrtid) September 28, 2020
Will be interesting to hear who’s paying the wages!
— barnaldbear (@Barnaldbear) September 29, 2020
The payment for the Yes vote 😉
— Kev (@KevTS1988) September 28, 2020
The right move for all parties
It may come as a surprise to some of our rival fans, but this is simply the best move for all parties. It’s genuinely crazy that some think Celtic winning the league last season is somehow being repaid by a loan agreement for Jonathan Afolabi.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning the fact that the striker hasn’t actually moved on just yet. The deal is still to be completed, but getting him another year of Championship action would be terrific from Celtic’s perspective.
Afolabi’s season was cruelly halted last season at a time when he was flying with Dunfermline Athletic in what was his first period of time playing regularly at senior level.
The youngster managed two goals and one assist in his first six appearances for the Pars before we all went into lockdown. A move to Dundee represents a chance for him to make up for lost time last year.
There’s no way as things stand that staying at Parkhead would be a better use of his time. He has at least four striking options ahead of him in the pecking order – his chances this season would be limited if you’re being generous.
So no. This won’t be a move sanctioned thanks to some sneaky handshake under the table. This is simply a deal that would represent the best for everyone involved. As hard as that is to believe for some.