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CELTIC TEEN AIMS TO BE ‘BHOY FROM BRAZIL’

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ARMSTRONG OKO-FLEX is determined to become Celtic’s ‘Bhoy from Brazil’.

The 17-year-old Dublin-born left-winger, who arrived from last summer, is a massive fan of the South American nation who have won the World Cup an amazing FIVE times.

The Hoops kid, who has yet to make a first-team appearance but is under the microscope of Neil Lennon, has revealed his three favourite players.

It’s not a surprise that two of his heroes who have infuenced his style of play are from Brazil.

Asked to name his role models, Oko-Flex, speaking to Celtic TV, answered: “Of all-time, I have three. The first one is Ronaldinho, he was just amazing.

“He’s the reason I love football, all the skills he did I try to replicate them, he’s the reason I play.

“The second is Brazilian Ronaldo. When I played striker I used to watch him all the time.

“The third is a Nigerian player. Jay Jay Okocha, he was amazing. The stuff he did on the pitch is what I do on the PS4, crazy skills.”

Oko-Flex has seen his pal Karamoko Dembele make his debut in the top side last May in the final Premiership game of the season when the 16-year-old winger came on from the start of the second-half as a substitute for Oli Burke in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead.

Lennon has given Jeremie Frimpong, 18, signed from Manchester City on the August transfer deadline, two outings in this campaign – the 5-0 Betfred League Cup victory over Partick Thistle and the 6-0 success over Ross County on Saturday.

Oko-Flex is waiting for his chance alongside three teenage summer recruits, Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton), Luca Connell (Bolton) and Lee O’Connor (Manchester United).

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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