Ireland international Lee O'Connor will finally get the opportunity of first team football as he has joined Partick Thistle on loan from Celtic.
The Waterford native joined Celtic from Manchester United in the summer on a long-term deal, O'Connor one of three summer signings of young Irish players, along with Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi.
The trio have been unable to break into the first team under Neil Lennon and there were particular fears in FAI circles over the match-fitness for international duty of O'Connor, a key member of Stephen Kenny's U21 side who was capped at senior level by Mick McCarthy last year.
But Celtic have now agreed to allow O'Connor move to second-tier side Partick for the rest of the season, and if his paperwork clears in time he could make his debut away to Arbroath on Saturday.
Partick are in a battle to avoid relegation to Scotland's third tier.
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