Report: Celtic youngster Luca Connell returns to Queen's Park on loan

By Euan Davidson

September 17, 2021

Celtic youngster Luca Connell is to return to Queen’s Park on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath said this morning that the Bhoys had agreed a loan deal for the ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder. This was followed up by a report from RTÉ.

Connell will be returning to the Spiders, who he helped to a promotion to SPFL League One. In 11 outings for the Glasgow side, he scored 3 and set up 5 more [Transfermarkt], impressing fans with his graft and creativity.

Much was expected of Connell this season, given his impressive form for Queen’s Park last season. However, he’s struggled to break into the first-team. Meanwhile, the B Team have been using younger players like Adam Brooks and Rocco Vata.

He’ll be joining a Queen’s Park side in hot form. Since turning professional, the storied side have gone from strength to strength. Last season’s promotion was secured early, recruitment has been solid, and they currently sit atop SPFL League One.

Whether Connell will be thrown in immediately against Clyde tomorrow is yet to be seen. As of yet, neither Celtic nor Queen’s Park have confirmed the move.

Real Betis 4-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Real Betis 4-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

However, McGrath’s reporting is reliable, and we’ll surely see an announcement from either side before too long.

Luca Connell needs another season of regular football to make impact at Celtic

You get the feeling that if Ange Postecoglou rated Connell highly enough, he’d start. The Celtic boss has had no qualms about using players like Adam Montgomery or Dane Murray.

Using Academy players, or bought-in young talent, isn’t an issue for him in the slightest.

So, this indicates that Connell is still a little raw for the first-team. But we need to bear in mind that he’s still only 20 years old.

Yes, much was expected from him after his move from Bolton Wanderers. However, players progress at different rates, and there are plenty of quality attacking options at Celtic.

Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images

That said, with Ryan Christie leaving, many might’ve thought that Connell would’ve been pushed up the pecking order to play at number 10. He’s also been used on the left wing for Queen’s Park. Given Celtic’s injury issues, he could’ve been an option over the last couple of games, at least for the bench.

Because of his youth international caps, his exciting style of play and his already established pedigree, the expectations of Connell are significant. However, this looks like a good move for him.

If Connell can continue to build experience with a side that will base their attack around him, who loses out?

In other news: “Victory by suffering”; Betis marksman Juanmi on tough Celtic test