JONATHAN AFOLABI hailed “leader” Leigh Griffiths as he headed to Dunfermline for the remainder of the season.

The Republic of Ireland youth international has agreed to move to the Championship outfit on loan – as CQN reported – to get some much-needed game-time.

Afolabi is still waiting to make his Hoops first-team debut since joining from Southampton in the summer after knocking back a new deal with the Premier League outfit.

He hopes to hit the ground running with the Fife side and is eager to follow the example of Griffiths who has claimed two goals in his three-game comeback since the mid-winter break.

The 20-year-old marksman, speaking to the Scottish Sun, admitted: “Leigh is someone who has been a massive help in my time with Celtic.

“Every time he trained with the reserves, he would still have that level of intensity and quality.

“He was still sharp, he would speak to me and keep me in line. We’re both forwards and he is a great person to learn from.

“Leigh is a real leader. I still remember one reserves’ game when we played against Motherwell and I scored – but on the way back in at half-time he was still telling me things and giving me bits of advice on how to catch the manager’s eye.

“That’s why you want to be at a club like Celtic in the long-term. Learning from the best can only improve me and make me better.

“He has just got back into the team, is scoring goals again and I’m really happy for him.”

Afolabi has been handed the No.10 shirt at Dunfermline and is poised to make his first appearance against Queen of the South at the weekend.

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