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  • Delight as Celtic sign highly-rated Armstrong Okoflex

    Delight as Celtic sign highly-rated Armstrong Okoflex

    By: Mark Henderson on 01 Sep, 2018 10:31

  • CELTIC are delighted to confirm the signing of highly-rated England youth internationalist Armstrong Okoflex on a three-year deal. Born in Ireland, the 16-year-old has progressed through the ranks at Arsenal and will now look to fulfil his undoubted promise in Paradise.

    And the new Bhoy told the official Celtic website that the prospect of working under Brendan Rodgers, a manager with a track record in developing young players, was a major attraction in moving to the Hoops.

    “It feels good for it to be all official,” he said. “This is a massive club and one that plays in Europe, while Celtic are also known for bringing young players through their Academy to their first team. I feel I have a chance to progress here and this is the right club for me at the moment.

    “I had a meeting with Brendan Rodgers and he was very convincing. He’s a great manager with all the success he’s had at previous clubs and at Celtic, and he was one of the big factors in coming here.

    “The manager told me about Raheem Sterling, how he was a young teenager at Liverpool and then he brought him up in pre-season and, because he was doing well and better than the older wingers at the club, he played him in the league games. It shows he’ll play young players and that’s encouraging for me.

    “I come from Arsenal and I was U16 and sometimes U18 and I have played a few internationals in my age-groups. Both clubs are quite similar in how they play football as they like to keep possession, move the ball quickly and try and exploit teams and that will really help me."

    The talented teenager can operate in a number of attacking positions, whether out wide or through the middle. An ambitious individual and keen to maximise his potential, he wants to eventually star for the Celts in Europe.  

    “I’m quite direct, quick and I like to think I’m skilful and can score a few goals,” said Okoflex. “I can play out wide through the middle or behind the striker, but I’ve mostly played striker or left wing.

    “Training has been good so far, especially when I trained with the first-team. I couldn’t believe the level and it took me a couple of sessions to get to that level and I’m just happy to have had the opportunity to train with the first team and been around it. The quality here is good.

    “This season I would like to make my debut. My personal target it to make my debut before I turn 17. I’m trying to aim high. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t, and I’ll just keep working."

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