Celtic youngster Lee O’Connor looks set to be given the opportunity of game time by Partick Thistle. The ex-Manchester United defender joined the Celts in the Summer but is yet to make a first team appearance – despite making his Ireland debut versus New Zealand in November.
According to The Scottish Sun, Thistle are one of a few teams monitoring the 19-year-old’s situation with some lower league English teams keeping tabs on a potential loan move for the versatile fullback.
Ian McCall’s Championship strugglers could allow O’Connor the chance to develop his skills in the second half of the season as he looks to force himself into Neil Lennon’s reckoning.
Despite being highly rated at Celtic Park, O’Connor has failed to make the breakthrough that he had hoped for, whilst Jeremie Frimpong – who signed on the same day in 2019 – became a regular around the first team.
Celtic face the Firhill side on Saturday in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup and a move to Maryhill could be ideal for O’Connor as it means that he won’t need to relocate again.
Another positive is that Ian McCall is renowned for working with young talents – Lawrence Shankland and Michael Rose being players that made a breakthroughs under McCall.