Jonathan Afolabi joins Scottish Premiership side, Celtic for three years


Jonathan AfolabiIreland U19 international, Jonathan Afolabi have completed a summer transfer move to Scottish Premiership side, Celtic on a three-year deal following the striker’s release from Southampton.

The Tallaght native was spotted at Celtic Park for Celtic’s 2-1 over Dunfirmline in the Betfred Cup to finalise the move. The striker joins two of his international teammates in Glasgow, with Luca Connell and Barry Coffey both plying their trade at Celtic Park.

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On his move,Afolabi told Celtic TV, his objectives for the new club will include breaking into the first-team and continuing the “winning mentality” at the club.

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”The club has great facilities, and a great winning mentality, which is what I want to be a part of,Afolabi said.

”My goal here is to be part of a winning squad, adopt that winning mentality, and learn from the boys”.

”If I can learn from the senior players, I’ll hopefully have the chance to play in front of these great fans”.

”With such a talented pool of players, it’s going to take time and hard work to break in, to prove myself to the manager and the dressing room – but that’s something I would have to do anyway”.

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The striker was one of Tom Mohan’s key players as the Ireland U19s reached the semi-finals of the European Championships this summer.

Jonathan Afolabi scored once in the tournament, notching against the Czech Republic in the final group stage match. He was also harshly given a yellow card in the final minutes of the match, missing the semi-final against Portugal.

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