Much was made of Celtic’s apparent lack of giving youth a chance last season. Not only that, we witnessed many young Hoops prospects leave for the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and West Ham.
One such player was Armstrong Okoflex. The youngster arrived at Celtic Park as a 16 year old kid, with much promise as the club branded him “highly rated” when they signed him from Arsenal under the former boss Brendan Rodgers.
Three years later and only two first team appearance the young Irishman left to join West Ham United on a free as his contract expired at the end of last season and he seems to have found a new lease of life under The Hammers.
Appearing for West Ham u23’s in a preseason friendly against Loughborough University, Okoflex set up one and scored one (penalty) and also took over the captains armband in the second half.
Okoflex also found the back of the net on a second occasion but it was ruled offside.
The 19-year-old told spoke to club media, whufc.com after the match and said, “It was really fun,” “It was good to get out there and play my first game of pre-season for West Ham.
“It was good for me to get some minutes on the pitch. It’s been a long time personally since I’ve had some minutes, so it was good to get 70 playing with a new team.
“It was easy to come into the team. I’ve known Amadou since we were young, so our link-up was good. Thierry and I both came in at the same time and we live in Academy digs together, so we speak often and know how each other play.
“Overall, playing with all these guys was fun, it was a good game and I feel like everyone expressed themselves and did well.”
We all know you can’t read too much into preseason friendlies, but could Okoflex have been one to offer a chance under Postecoglou’s revolution? We will now, never know.