CELTIC loan star Jonathan Afolabi has been hailed by Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford.

The 20-year-old striker joined the East End Park outfit in January for the remainder of the season and has taken the opportunity to shine in the Championship.

Afolabi, who joined the Hoops in the summer after rejecting the offer of a contract extension at Southampton, has claimed two goals in his last three games for the Fifers.

The Dubliner of Nigerian descent is enjoying the opportunity to show his quality in the first team and claimed his first strike against Dundee United on the final day of last month and added another from the penalty spot against Queen of the South at the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland youth international has now made five appearances for the Fife side and boss Crawford is delighted with the youngster.

The former Scotland international marksman, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Jonathan was still be searching for match fitness, he came in, we had a couple of games and then we had a two or three-week break.

“He now finds himself leading the line. He uses his body well, he brings players into the game and he has managed to score two goals, so long may that continue.

“I can remember what it was like for myself being 17, 18, 19 years of age. You are ready and waiting to get in there and take that opportunity.”

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