Dublin’s Armstrong Okoflex has confirmed a deal that will see him leave Arsenal in favour of a move to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
The highly-touted 16-year-old has represented both Ireland and England at U16 level and has recently started training under Rodgers.
Speaking to the Scottish club’s fanbase via their official website, Okoflex set out his goals for the year.
“It feels good for it to be all official, 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.
“This season I would like to make my debut. My personal target it to make my debut before I turn 17.”
The deal is said to involve a three-year contract. Okoflex primarily plays on the wing but can also fill in up-front, if needed.
Having made seven appearances for the Arsenal U18’s last season, he will no doubt be looking to make his push for first-team status sooner rather than later.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena