Dundee manager James McPake has hailed Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi after his Dens Park contributions on Saturday.

The Irish youth international arrived in Tayside from Celtic Park during the transfer window as he looks to build experience. He had already played some Championship football on loan from Celtic at Dunfermline last season.

The Celtic loanee scored the winner. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

His Dee debut against Hearts showed promise and in the 1-0 win over Morton on Saturday Afolabi shone again, scoring the winner in a slender win for McPake.

Dundee’s boss has hailed the striker as he also praised the influence of Shaun Byrne: “Afolabi is a handful and technically very good. It was a really good finish, he’s got a great left foot.

“Again he’s behind where we’d want him to be, him and Danny Mullen. Afolabi will get us goals but his all-round play was really good and I’m delighted.

McPake was pleased with the forward. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“I thought Shaun Byrne was excellent coming back in after being out a while. He’s also missed a lot of pre-season so to come in and play 93 minutes and control the middle of the pitch, I was delighted with him as well.

“I’m delighted for the players, as a group they needed that. We all needed a pick-me-up from last week and you can talk about performance but sometimes in football you just want the three points and Saturday was one of them.”

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