It’s fair to say that Armstrong Okoflex has found opportunities at Celtic difficult to come by.
The Dublin-born youngster signed for the club back in September 2018 as a fresh-faced 16-year-old. Fast forward almost three years and the now 19-year-old has barely been given any time in the senior squad.
Okoflex has been given two senior Celtic appearances in his career so far. Both of those came back in January with a 29-minute cameo against Hibs that was followed by a 10-minute outing at home to Livingston [Transfermarkt]. Both of those opportunities came due to the fact most of our first-team squad were having to self-isolate due to Covid regulations.
He hasn’t made a single matchday squad since and had only made one beforehand. Yet from what we saw against Hibs, Okoflex certainly had some impressive albeit raw attributes. He had a turn of pace that was refreshing on the night, whilst his hold-up play was impressive in making Celtic more threatening in the closing stages of that contest.
That we haven’t heard from him since perhaps isn’t surprising, but it’s certainly not ideal. And it’s even more concerning for him when you look at his contract situation.
Armstrong Okoflex due to leave Celtic in the summer – would we be making a mistake?
Okoflex’s deal is up this summer. He’s been free to talk to clubs over the past few months, whilst there’s no sign of a new contract being signed anytime soon.
Of course, we know how much that can change. Karamoko Dembele was perceived to be heading in the summer too. However, it came to light via the Daily Record that his contract instead runs until 2022. Dembele’s contract now also reads on Transfermarkt as expiring in 2022.
Granted, when Celtic officially announced Okoflex’s arrival, they stated that it was on a three-year contract. That means he’s gone in the summer, with no news of an extension clause coming to the fore.
Okoflex hasn’t been granted a loan move during his time at Parkhead either. Therefore, you still feel that there could be untapped potential there once he’s exposed to the senior game more regularly. The player’s versatility is also impressive, as he has experience of playing on either flank and even up top.
The lack of coverage when it comes to Celtic’s youth academy and development team has made it more difficult for Celtic supporters to keep tabs on the progress of the club’s top youngsters. Okoflex firmly falls into that category. Now we’re left wondering whether what was supposed to be a top young talent is set to leave the club for nothing.
Hopefully, something is sorted between now and the summer to keep him here further. As things stand, however, his Parkhead future doesn’t look too bright.