Celtic youngster impresses out on loan with crucial Saturday goal

By John McGinley

September 25, 2021

Luca Connell helped Queen’s Park to a brilliant 3-2 win at home to Peterhead in Scottish League One this afternoon.

The Spiders were 2-1 down with Connell on the bench, at risk of dropping into second position behind Dumbarton, who drew vs Alloa.

However, Connell would eventually make a brilliant impact, entering the game in the 65th minute and scoring a long-range strike 11 minutes later.

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That would be enough to have Queens Park in the ascendancy. Four minutes later they would find the winner through Jack Thomson.

The result leaves them two points clear at the top of League One as they seek to make a push into the Championship.

It could be back-to-back promotions for both Queens Park and Connell, who helped them to the League Two title last term.

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Connell, 20, continues to be a young talent that is of interest to Celtic supporters, despite barely featuring since joining the club from Bolton Wanderers.

He can’t be showing enough at Lennoxtown to convince managers to give him a shot, but the glimpses fans have seen of him in friendlies has kept the fire burning that he can make an eventual impact.

This experience out on loan is better than sitting on the sidelines at Celtic.

He’s yet to start in the league for Queen’s Park since making the move earlier this month. However, surely his goalscoring cameo today will lead to a big opportunity against Montrose next week.

Connell’s contract at Celtic doesn’t expire until 2023, so he’ll still have next summer to impress Ange Postecoglou and make another push for the first-team squad.

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