'The Irish Cafu'; Celtic youngster Lee O'Connor impresses Tranmere Rovers fans out on loan in the FA Cup
Celtic youngster Lee O’Connor is starting to impress Tranmere Rovers fans.
The Republic of Ireland cap is in English League Two on a season-long loan as the Super White Army attempt to bounce back from last term’s relegation.
It’s been a difficult campaign to date, with just three league wins, but things took a turn for the better this weekend after beating Accrington Stanley 2-1 in the first round of the FA Cup, a team that play in the division above.
O’Connor featured for the full 90 minutes at right-back and was one of the side’s top performers, following up a solid display away to Harrogate Town midweek.
He’s been a regular for Rovers this season, making 14 appearances in all competitions.
It’s a fantastic experience for the 20-year-old and one which will serve him well when it comes to making a push for the Celtic first-team on his return.
He signed for Celtic last summer from Manchester United but has yet to make an appearance in competitive action, despite already winning a senior cap with his country.
The youngster spent part of last season out on loan at Partick Thistle, but that move was hindered by the ongoing pandemic.
With no reserve football at Celtic and plenty of options ahead of him in Neil Lennon’s squad, it made perfect sense to send him down to England to play more professional games.
These Tranmere fans have taken to Twitter this weekend to share their thoughts on his recent performances…
O’Connor aka the Irish Cafu
— Tom Boys (@Boyseygolf) November 7, 2020
O’Connor (superb tackling and passing), Vaughan (didn’t stop and defended well) and Clarke (no justification required)
— Calday’s Tranmere Rovers Official Supporters’ Club (@CTROSC3) November 7, 2020
O’Connor been really good last 2 games
— SuperRover (@Greasbyrover) November 8, 2020
looked a new player these last couple of games,keep it up.#swa
— Jason bonney (@jayjayb28) November 7, 2020
Had a great game today👍
— Steve Davis (@davis887) November 7, 2020
Lee keep doing what you did in this game. You smashed it 👊
— Tracy Sylvia Lyon (@tracy_sylvia) November 8, 2020
Excellent today, make a couple of superb shot-stopping blocks. Needs to look for more forward passes though
— AdrianB (@AdrianB95842261) November 7, 2020
Player 👏🏼 https://t.co/0befvE1koM
— Darryl Geraghty (@Darryl_Geraghty) November 7, 2020