Ayr United have confirmed the signing of Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi on a season-long loan deal ahead of tonight’s Ayrshire derby.

The Irish youth international has spent time out on loan at Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee since joining Celtic in 2019. Afolabi will link up with David Hopkin’s Ayr United squad in time for this evening’s Scottish Championship opener – an away derby against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. It’s the first time the pair have met since 2017.

Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi has joined Ayr. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

A statement reads: “Ayr United have today completed the signing of striker Jonathan Afolabi on loan from Celtic until the end of the season. The 21 year-old, who has Championship experience from spells with Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee, goes straight into the squad for tonight’s Ayrshire derby.”

Somerset Park manager David Hopkin added: “I am absolutely delighted to sign Jonathon for Ayr United Football Club.

“He is a striker I have wanted to get before but had to be patient. He is a player I have always been interested in as although he is young and still learning the game he has pace, power and a great left foot.”

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