Confirmed: Armstrong Oko-Flex leaves Celtic, signs for West Ham on 2-year deal
Celtic youngster Armstrong Oko-Flex has left the club to join West Ham United, the London side confirmed in a statement today.
They said on their official website: “West Ham United are pleased to announce the signing of promising young forward Armstrong Oko-Flex.
“The 19-year-old winger – who is equally adept playing in a more central role – has penned a two-year contract with the Club, with the option to extend this for an additional year.
“Oko-Flex moves to east London at the expiration of his contract with Scottish Premiership side Celtic, for whom he made two senior appearances earlier this year.
“The Republic of Ireland U19s international had previously enjoyed a brief spell on trial at the Academy of Football at the end of the 2020/21 season, making a positive impression on his now-teammates and coaches.
“Initially linking up with the U23s squad once more, Oko-Flex has expressed his excitement regarding the opportunity ahead of him in Claret and Blue.”
It’s a disappointing turn of events, but not unexpected. Oko-Flex hasn’t been a big part of Celtic plans. His only first-team appearances came in the wake of the Dubai debacle, when 16 players and staff members were forced to self-isolate.
He’s not the only young player to have left Celtic in recent seasons for teams in bigger leagues.
The club are about to embark on a youth experiment this term with a structured fixture programme in the Scottish Lowland Football League.
That will hopefully encourage more young talents to stick around and find a pathway to the first team.
New manager Ange Postecoglou has also talked up using young players more.
However, it’s not to be for Oko-Flex at Celtic.