Celtic announced on Monday that youngster Jonathan Afolabi will spend the second half of the season out on loan at Scottish Championship side Dunfermline Athletic.
The Republic of Ireland youth international made the switch to Celtic Park from Southampton last summer but has not managed to break into manager Neil Lennon’s first-team plans.
The 20-year-old has yet to have a taste of senior football in his career so far.
His move to Dunfermline provides the opportunity to show he can find consistency in performance and cope with physical rigours of Scottish football.
Lennon was initially excited about his signing last August, suggesting he might find his way into his team sooner rather than later.
As quoted by The Irish Times, he said: “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.
“He is raw but he has good potential.”
He’ll certainly be a name to keep an eye on over the coming months as the Pars look to force themselves into promotion play-off contention behind runaway league leaders Dundee United.
These fans are feeling hopeful about what it means for his development, taking to Twitter today to share their thoughts on the loan deal…
Good move for both parties that bhoy is a player game time at Dunfermline will do him the world of good 👍
— johnny mcleod (@chipsy1916) January 27, 2020
That’ll be Dunfermline getting a play off spot then. Good move.
— Marc |🟢◻️🔆| (@MarcLisboa67) January 27, 2020
Ooft! That’s some loan signing for Dunfermline if Afolabi’s as good as he’s supposed to be. Hopefully he gets a run in the side then comes back in the summer ready to get involved in games here. https://t.co/wHsHmCbSFh
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) January 27, 2020
Good place to get game time for him , oko-flex next hopefully
— PaulDonachie (@paul_donachie) January 27, 2020
Go fire in some goals 🍀
— Flynn, C.J (@eightsixonesix) January 27, 2020
All the best, get tore in, physique and mentality builder… step up, be counted for @officialdafc . Come back stronger.
— @choccy (@Choccy07Joe) January 27, 2020
Good move for the lad. 👌
— Steggs (@steggsybhoy) January 27, 2020
Lad has talent and this looks a good move for him to push on😎
— ⚫Hector Francesco (@Martin_Celt67) January 27, 2020