With no recognised strikers, lack of recall for Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi seems odd

By Euan Davidson

January 13, 2021

Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi is making waves on the east coast.

With Dundee, in the Championship, the Irishman’s form is picking up. Not only is he saving the club from an embarrassing Scottish Cup exit (BBC), he’s also beating Craig Gordon from 12 yards out (The Courier).

Granted, he’s playing in a tier below Celtic. At the time, loaning him out made perfect sense in the context of a “normal” season, especially to a club lower in the SPFL. With a good run, he would be able to build confidence and add to his career tally. So far, so good in both departments.

This isn’t a normal season though. Especially where Celtic are concerned. Lacking a recognised striker, the Bhoys are decimated in a department where, two weeks ago, we were overstocked. That’s through the club’s own ridiculous decision making, which yielded incredibly predictable results.

With the likes of Ross Doohan and Scott Robertson having their loan deals cut short amidst the chaos, some have wondered why Celtic haven’t recalled any strikers, particularly Bayo and Afolabi.

While Bayo hasn’t impressed on loan with Toulouse, Afolabi is a youngster that the fans are keen on. Given the spirit of panic around the club just now, it’s a little surprising to see the Irish youth international still under the watchful eye of James McPake.

Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi celebrates a Dundee goal / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic supporters want Jonathan Afolabi to lead the line

The ever-astute Bhoys faithful made their Afolabi wishes clear on social media. Points are very much needed against Livingston, with a double-header quickly approaching.