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Report: Lee O'Connor Set To Join English Club On Loan For Rest Of Season

Report: Lee O'Connor Set To Join English Club On Loan For Rest Of Season

When Lee O'Connor moved to Celtic last summer, it seemed like a potentially exciting transfer for all involved. The Waterford native looked unlikely to garner many first team opportunities at Manchester United and it looked as though a place in the side was far more realistic north of the border.

It hasn't really worked out like that.

The 19-year old has yet to make a first team appearance (or even make the bench), with the likes of Jeremie Frimpong, Moritz Bauer  and the injured Hatem Abd Elhamed ahead of him in the pecking order at right back.

His performances for the Ireland U21s have made his lack of playing time all the more perplexing, with O'Connor putting in some incredible displays for Stephen Kenny's side. Having also made his international debut at senior level it is clear the player should now be seeking regular first team football.

The Herald are reporting that Lee O'Connor is set set to join Oxford United on loan for the rest of the season.

The League One side will be hoping to secure promotion this season, currently sitting one point behind the automatic promotion places having played a game less.

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O'Connor will join Ireland hopeful Liam Kelly at the club, who recently joined from Feyenoord on a temporary basis.

Considering the competition for places at right back, you would imagine it unlikely that O'Connor could fight his way into the senior squad ahead of the Euro 2020 playoffs in March. However, first team football will be crucial for his long-term development.

We will certainly be keeping a close eye to see how he gets on in League One, especially at a club who will be very competitive over the coming months.

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Gary Connaughton

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