Celtic are prepared to listen to loan offers for young attacking talent Jonathan Afolabi this January, website Football Insider reports.
The outlet believes that the 20-year-old, who only joined the Scottish champions last summer, is making a big impression with his coaches at Lennoxtown.
They say that Neil Lennon is now prepared to let him leave the club to gain first-team experience, with a number of unnamed sides in English League One and League Two keen on his services.
Afolabi was one of the clutch of signings made from English sides last August, joining the likes of Lee O’Connor and Jeremie Frimpong in moving north.
The Republic of Ireland youth international had played regularly for Southampton’s U18 and U23 side before making the switch.
Is a loan needed?
With development football less structured in Scotland right now, a loan move would certainly aid his progress.
Now 20, he needs regular week-to-week football to progress and it’s become quite clear that won’t be available in the Celtic first-team this term.
He’s not made a single matchday 18 since joining and Lennon has further bolstered his attacking options with the addition of Patryk Klimala this month.
That’s not to say Afolabi doesn’t have a future at Celtic Park, just that right now he’s not considered quite ready enough to make an impact.
Lennon has shown fairness with youth players too, regularly playing Jeremie Frimpong because he feels the player is good enough to compete at senior level.
On the face of things, Afolabi is caught between being too good for youth level football and not quite ready to make the grade at Celtic.
Now it’s about finding the perfect loan move for him so he’s ready to push for a place in matchday squads at the Bhoys next season.