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Move to Celtic a challenge


Caoimhin Kelleher

Caoimhin Kelleher

Caoimhin Kelleher

It was a sliding doors moment for one Munster-born player in the Ireland U21 squad as Lee O'Connor decided to relinquish his dream of making it at Manchester United and left Old Trafford, bound for Scotland.

But while the Waterford lad now sets his sights on making it at Celtic, Cork native Caoimhín Kelleher remains fixed on his target of staying at Liverpool and making the grade there.

"It's nice to be in with the squad. Staying in a position is comfortable but I'm always looking to push on. Getting second choice is my next target," says Kelleher, who was on the verge of a Premier League appearance with Liverpool last month, due to injuries to Alisson and Adrian, only for Adrian to recover and Kelleher is back to fourth-choice.

O'Connor also has a blocked path ahead, as U21 boss Stephen Kenny admitted.

"Lee already had his visa to go to China with the [United] first team.

"He was in and around that but I suppose they have Wan-Bissaka and Dalot in that position who are still young players, they have paid huge transfer fees for both of them," says Kenny.

"Going to Celtic is a challenge, it will be very difficult to get into the first team at Celtic, but from our point of view he has been very professional."