Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi has made a loan move to the Scottish Championship side Dunfermline in this transfer window, as per The Irish Times.
The Irish footballer came to Celtic Park last summer after being released by the Premier League club Southampton, and now the youngster is going to a place where he can hope to get a lot of football action.
The 20-years-old forward showed flashes of brilliance in a couple of games for the Bhoys reserve team, however, his progress hindered after he sustained a hamstring injury on international duty.
The Ireland international hasn’t made his senior debut for the Hoops yet, but it is expected that this loan spell could provide him with enough experience to secure more game time in the first team.
The Pars broke this news on their website that read:
“Dunfermline Athletic are delighted to welcome Jonathan Afolabi on loan from Celtic.
“The 20-year-old Irish U19 internationalist joined Celtic in August 2019.
“And they have agreed for their young attacking talent to come to East End Park until the end of the season.
“Jonathan Afolabi came through the youth system at Southampton before coming north and agreeing a three-year-deal with the Scottish champions.
“It is reported that he is making a big impression with his coaches at Lennoxtown.”
Dunfermline are currently placed fifth in the Scottish Championship table with only a point’s difference with Dundee. With Afolabi’s signing, they will aim to pip the Dee for that final play-off place.
Stephen Crawford’s side will face Queen of the South this Saturday, hoping to build on their impressive 2-0 victory over James McPake’s side.
The second tier of Scottish football is witnessing intense competition among teams with fourth-placed Dundee just seven points ahead of the bottom-most Patrick Thistle, meaning a play-off promotion place is just as likely as relegation for the majority of teams.