Potential Dundee move for Celtic's Jonathan Afolabi has rival fans wound up

By David Walton

September 29, 2020

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.

Jonathan Afolabi looks set to move to Dundee (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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:

https://twitter.com/kingantti1974/status/1310686261578018816

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.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

In other news, a Hibernian star had to console his team-mate after being roasted by a young Celtic talent.