The recent Covid-19 situation at Celtic has hurt the team’s striker department hardest. None of the club’s main strikers were available for the game against Hibernian on Monday. The players will still be self-isolating when Celtic take on Livingston on Saturday.
With that being the case, Celtic could have considered recalling Jonathan Afolabi on loan from Dundee. However, that didn’t happen, and the player is still at Dens Park.
That is the best move for all parties concerned. The starlet will benefit from completing a full season with Dundee.
Playing time would be limited
If Afolabi had been recalled by Celtic, his game time would be limited as soon as the players who are currently self-isolating return.
That won’t be the case with Dundee. You have to imagine that Afolabi will feature most weeks for the Dens Park club in their bid to win promotion.
Afolabi proved his worth to Dundee very recently. His injury time equaliser prevented them from suffering which would have been an embarrassing Scottish Cup loss to Lowland League side Bonnyrigg Rose.
Third goal of the season
That was the 20-year-old’s third goal of the season in 10 games. That is a decent return when you consider that he had to deal with injury during that time.
James McPake will no doubt be pleased that the player seems set to say with Dundee for the rest of the season. It will be interesting to see if Afolabi starts Dundee’s next game after his Scottish Cup goal. A home game against Ayr could be made for the striker to find the back of the net.