Scottish champions Celtic have reportedly opened up talks with Bolton over the potential signing of talented Irish midfielder Luca Connell.
According to the Scottish Sun, the two clubs are currently in discussions over the 18-year-old’s future with Celtic in pole position to acquire his services.
Connell can leave the club, who will start the League One campaign with a fifteen point deduction, for just training compensation due to his age but the two sides are reportedly discussing a fee.
The promising midfielder had been called up to the Irish senior squad by Mick McCarthy for a Portuguese training camp but suffered an injury meaning that he was forced to withdraw before the games against Denmark and Gibraltar.
Connell broke into the Bolton first team last season in what was a horrendous campaign for the Trotters as they suffered relegation to the third tier on top of numerous off-field issues.
His performances though were one of the few bright sparks for Bolton as he featured 12 times in the Championship and put in some fantastic displays.
A number of Premier League clubs had been tracking Connell’s progress with both Brighton and Southampton failing with January bids for the 18-year old.
Celtic’s old firm rivals Rangers had reportedly also been showing significant interest in the Liverpool-born midfielder but it appears as though the Hoops will pip Gerrard’s side to his signature.