Five facts about teenage Celtic signing Armstrong Okoflex

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The forward declined a contract at Arsenal in favour of joining Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

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Celtic have reportedly signed teenage prodigy Armstrong Okoflex from Arsenal.

The Daily Record has reported that the highly-rated forward has joined the Hoops, having turned down a contract at the Emirates Stadium to pursue options elsewhere.

Images and videos that appeared to confirm the signing of Okoflex were circulating on social media on Friday morning, including one of the 16-year-old holding up a Celtic shirt on the edge of the pitch at Celtic Park and one fan suggesting he has signed a three-year deal.

 

But who is the promising young attacker? And why did Celtic seemingly decide to bring him in?

1) Okoflex was born in Dublin on 2 March 2002 and began his career at St Kevin's Boys Club, before joining Arsenal in 2013. 

2) A versatile forward with great close control and assured finishing, Okoflex can be used on either flank or as a striker but is most comfortable on the left wing. 

A fan is seen during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. 

3) Okoflex appeared seven times for the Arsenal U18s last season, scoring once and getting one assist.

4) Born to Nigerian parents, the 16-year-old has played for both the England and Republic of Ireland youth sides but told the Irish Times last year that he felt a closer connection to the nation of his birth.

5)  He may be familiar to some of the young Scottish players at the club, having scored for the Republic of Ireland U16s against Scotland in the Victory Shield last year.

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