Celtic have announced the signing of Luca Connell
The Liverpool-born Republic of Ireland midfielder has joined the club from Bolton Wanderers. Connell has agreed on a four-year deal with the Scottish champions.
The 18-year-old was unveiled at Celtic Park on Saturday morning before flying off to meet up with his new teammates on pre-season training in Austria.
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Connell made 12 appearances for Bolton last season and has represented Ireland at under-17, under-18 and under-19 levels.
He is eligible to play for the country through his Irish grandparents, and the midfielder has caught the eye of Mick McCarthy, who invited Connell to train with the senior Ireland team in Portugal at the end of May. He wasn’t able to take any part in Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers after picking up a thigh injury in training.
“It is unbelievable to sign for such a massive club, known all around the world,” Connell told Celtic’s official website.
“It’s crazy. It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m signing for such a big club and with this much history, hopefully, I can crack on and help us make more. I’m confident and I feel I can talk to anyone, it’s in the Scouse nature to be outgoing. I’m looking forward to all the league games and especially the Champions League.”
You can watch Connell’s first interview as a Celtic player here: