Celtic youngster Luca Connell wins Goal of the Year for loan side

By Euan Davidson

June 11, 2021

Celtic youngster Luca Connell has won the the Stuart Henry Award from Queen’s Park supporters.

What do you mean you don’t know what that is? Well, it’s the Spiders’ Goal of the Year honour. Connell, who enjoyed a fantastic loan spell in Mount Florida, helping the now-professional side to promotion, hit an absolute scorcher against Albion Rovers to secure the personal accolade.

And… well, just watch it again. Even the commentators are aghast.

After winning the ball a full postcode away from goal, Connell shows off his technique, running about 20 yards and hitting a sweet strike past the flailing Rovers keeper. “Aw, it’s an unbelievable strike”, says the commentator. We’re inclined to agree.

Connell, who joined Brody Paterson and Ryan Mullen south of the Clyde, made quite the impact. In just 11 outings, the Irishman scored 3 and set up 5 [Transfermarkt]. The Liverpool-born midfielder, who made his mark with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship down south, could’ve probably been playing at least two tiers higher than Queen’s Park. However, he’ll have no regrets, helping the side to promotion and, now, adding to his mantlepiece with the Stuart Henry Award.

Luca Connell on duty for Ireland / (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What next for Celtic youngster Luca Connell?

Celtic are absolutely stacked in the midfield. It’s probably the one area where the Bhoys don’t need to desperately strengthen this summer.

However, you’ve got to imagine that Connell’s star performances have gained the attention of coaches at the club. Ange Postecoglou has probably seen the same footage you and I have, and it’d be difficult to imagine that big Ange isn’t impressed.

An Ireland youth international, Connell has had to wait patiently to get chances that haven’t come yet. But he’s very obviously a talent. Like so many Bhoys, a big pre-season could really set him up to feature in the Hoops under Postecoglou.

He has plenty of competition, yes, but at the very least he’s worth a look. That, or a loan spell at a (no disrespect here) higher level might be the building block Connell needs to kick on at Paradise. Either way, the attention on him is growing, and Celtic fans want to see the prodigious talent in the Green and White before too long.

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