Jonathan Afolabi is pushing to have a career like past and present Dens Park midfielders Graham Dorrans and Charlie Adam as the Celtic loanee targets Dundee promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
The Irish youth international returned to the scoresheet this week as Dundee beat Ayr United 3-0. Celtic have been keeping up to date with his Dundee progress, and while a return to Parkhead beckons, he wants to go back to Glasgow with promotion from the Scottish Championship under his belt this summer.
Afolabi said: “If I’m able to just keep doing what I’m doing and showing that I should be starting or playing, then hopefully I just get the minutes and game-time that I need.[Promotion] on a personal level, that’d be great. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a loan. It’d be a big achievement, something I’d be able to look back on.
“[Celtic have] stayed in contact. Just speaking about the way I’m getting on… it’s been very good, I’ve loved the experience. When I speak to [Celtic] it’s more or less about me. They let me know when I’m doing well, and when there’s an aspect I can improve on. Hopefully I can go back on a good note.
“I’ve definitely improved. As a young player, you should want to get to very top. That’s where I’d like to go. [I want to see] if I can push myself to get to the levels that Charlie [Adam] and Graeme Dorrans have, that’d be a great career. I have to take it step by step and show people why I should be there in the first place.”
Just a few weeks ago prior to Dundee’s win over Dunfermline at Dens Park, Afolabi had to dodge some speed cameras. He scored for Ireland U21s on the Friday in Wales before dashing to Dens Park for a 7:45pm kick-off the next day.
But it’s all part of Afolabi’s work-ethic: “I’m just determined to keep going in this promotion push. You always have to have your club in your mind and I will always try to make myself available.
“That’s probably the best asset a player can have, to be fit and available when needed. It was good to score for Ireland but then I had to drive up from Wrexham in Wales to Scotland. I may have broken the speed limit – I hope there were no speed cameras – and I hope there’s nothing in my letterbox when I get home!”
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