Partick Thistle are interested in signing Celtic defender Lee O’Connor according to the Scottish Sun.
The Irish international is yet to make an appearance in the green and white hoops. Celtic have a plethora of full-backs which is making game time difficult for O’Connor.
Keeping him in the country would be ideal for everyone to keep up to date with his progress.
Lee O’Connor in Celtic to Partick Thistle loan move?
The Scottish Sun are reporting that a possible loan deal is in the offing.
O’Connor joined the Celts from the red side of Manchester last summer but is yet to play. The Sun say that Neil Lennon is wanting O’Connor to play first team games during the second half of the season. He is impressing watchers though in the Hoops reserve side.
Partick Thistle are the latest club that are reportedly interested in O’Connor. A move to the Scottish Championship or the English lower leagues is the preference, The Sun suggest.
From a Celtic fans’ point of view, keeping O’Connor in Glasgow makes it easier to see how he’s doing.
However, he will face a greater test playing down south, but would learn the tough side of the Scottish game with Thistle.
If O’Connor does leave for the Jags, will the Hoops put a special loophole in the loan deal?
Will Hoops ask for O’Connor position change during loan?
As has been previously touched on, the Hoops have many full-backs on either side.
Will Neil Lennon ask Ian McCall to play the Irishman in the middle to mould him into a centre-back?
An extra stopper wouldn’t be sniffed at for the Celts who are a bit short in that regard. O’Connor clearly has the athleticism but he could learn an extra defensive aspect of the game in the centre.
Thistle would be an ideal club to bed him into the role, especially in their current predicament. They are fighting for their lives in the Championship and will be tested more than at Celtic.
Thus, the pressure will be there as well as adjusting to a less familiar position which could make him far more useful for the Celts.
This isn’t an unusual course of action as original midfielder Kristoffer Ajer progressed as a centre-back with Kilmarnock. Now the Norwegian is a first choice stopper at the club and is going places.
Perhaps an O’Connor request of a similar manner will have another desired result.