Our View: Celtic may regret sending Lee O'Connor out on loan

By John Reid

January 23, 2020

Celtic recently sent Lee O’Connor on loan to Partick Thistle, and it may be a move that the club are regretting. The reason for that – the injury picked up by Jeremie Frimpong in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock.

Frimpong was forced off with what looked to be a serious knee injury towards the end of the game.

He might well face some time out of the side, and that could be a problem for the Hoops. At the moment, Celtic only have one fit full-back on the books in Moritz Bauer.

Could have featured in first-team squad

Celtic defender Lee O’Connor (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

O’Connor is capable of playing right-back though, and if he was still at Celtic he would have a chance of being in the first-team squad, in a short-term basis anyway.

As a result, the Hoops may regret allowing the player to move on, when he could have helped out in what could be a difficult situation.

Will likely get regular game time at Jags

Celtic’s Lee O’Connor, who recently joined Partick Thistle on loan (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

However, the player himself might well be happy that he has joined Partick. He will likely get a regular game for the Jags, and that is not going to be the case at Celtic at the moment.

It will be interesting to see how the right-back situation at Celtic develops in the next few weeks. The Hoops might decide to make a move in the transfer market if Frimpong is going to be out of action for a while.

However, for the moment Bauer can hold the fort for the Hoops, and he has a chance to prove himself, after not featuring for Celtic for a long while.

As for O’Connor, he will be looking to impress at Partick, and hope that leads to playing time at Celtic next season.

Only time will tell on that front, but manager Neil Lennon will be keeping a close watch on how he progresses in the coming weeks and months.