Sunday 18 August 2019

Celtic in pole position to sign Irish prospect Luca Connell as teenager prepares for Bolton exit

Luca Connell. Photo: Sportsfile
Luca Connell. Photo: Sportsfile
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18-year-old Ireland prospect Luca Connell is close to a move to Celtic, according to reports.

The Bolton Wanderers midfielder was brought into the Ireland squad for the first time by Mick McCarthy ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Denmark, and impressed the Boys in Green manager before picking up an injury.

The Liverpool-born teenager made his Bolton debut in the FA Cup last season, and is primed for a move away from the cash-strapped club this summer.

The Scottish Sun is reporting that Neil Lennon is keen to bring Connell to Celtic Park, and that a transfer could be agreed in the near future.

The two clubs are in discussions over the young talent, in what would be an interesting move as Connell looks to take the next step in his career.

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman had plenty of praise for Connell after the joined the team on their training camp in Portugal.

"Luca has been great," he said.

"He came in the first day and is a very nice young lad. To see a lad like that around the hotel was very refreshing, he has very good manners. Then he got out on the pitch yesterday and really showed us why he is here. It is a pleasure to have him and fingers crossed he keeps his head down and have a good future."

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