Some Celtic fans react to Jonathan Afolabi signing

By John McGinley

August 18, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club have signed Jonathan Afolabi on a free transfer, BBC Scotland report.

The outlet say the 19-year-old will join the Hoops on a two-year deal after deciding to leave English Premier League side Southampton.

Lennon told BBC Scotland: “We have signed him on a free transfer and he is one that’s a development.

“He is sort of on the cusp [of the first-team reckoning]. He will come in and train with us and we will get a good look at him over the next few weeks and see what we want to do with him in terms of his progression.”

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The teenager had a big summer for the Republic of Ireland U19s side. He was on the score-sheet alongside current Hoops youth player Barry Coffey as the country defeated Czech Republic, firing them into the semi-finals of the Euros.

Able to play as a central striker or winger, Afolabi also scored four goals in 14 appearances for Saints’ U23s side last term (Transfermarkt).

Celtic already have an abundance of attackers at the club, especially on the flanks. He may find it hard to break into the first-team.

As Lennon looks to build a squad of quality first-team talent, the news that another ‘project’ is arriving has raised some eyebrows.

However, trying to identify and secure the futures of potential stars is important. The emergence of Kristoffer Ajer is proof that external talent signing at a young age can be a big positive.

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It’s fair to say his arrival has provoked a mixed reaction amongst some supporters.

These fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts this weekend…

https://twitter.com/ThomasTambo/status/1162754165896089600

https://twitter.com/CrillyBobc/status/1162712849682173952