Celtic have received a boost ahead of their potential upcoming Champions League fixtures. Recent arrival Luca Connell has not been named in the Ireland squad for the upcoming under-19 European Championship.

Interestingly enough one Celtic player – Barry Coffey – has been named in the squad.

It had been thought that Connell would be named in the squad for the tournament, as he had been named on the UEFA website as being part of Ireland’s squad.


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Will be available for Champions League ties

However, that is not the case, and Connell will be available for the Hoops for the upcoming match against Sarajevo.

If Ireland had gone far in the tournament, Connell may have missed the first leg of the second round of qualifying. That won’t be the case now.

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Hoops boss Neil Lennon will be pleased to have the player available. He recently lauded the player as ‘fantastic’.

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Connell will now get the chance to make his debut for the Hoops when they take on Rennes at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

Has a chance to make Hoops debut

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That will get the player the experience of playing in front of a big crowd. He will also get to know his team-mates better.

Who knows, perhaps a good performance against Rennes will encourage Neil Lennon to involve Connell in the second leg against Sarajevo.

That would be the perfect start to his Celtic career.


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