Reported Celtic summer target Luca Connell has named the one stipulation about his next move. The 18-year-old, who recently earned his first international call-up for Ireland, has been heavily linked with a move to Glasgow this summer.
The teenager is out of contract at Bolton Wanderers and would be available for a cut price development fee of around £250,000. Celtic are said to be close to completing the deal, however Connell wouldn’t be joining to play second fiddle.
The Daily Record report the 18-year-old as saying: “Everyone knows Celtic are a massive club.
“It’d be an honour to represent them if that’s what the final decision is. I’m keeping my options open and hopefully I can take the right one in the next few weeks.
“I just want to make sure I’m playing, wherever I go.”
Can Celtic offer Connell game time?
The midfielder clearly has his bar set high and may want to re-adjust his expectations if he joins Neil Lennon’s side. Connell has played just 12 professional games in his career. At the tender age of 18 he would be seen as one for the future rather than one for now.
He probably couldn’t have picked a more difficult area of the team to make his mark in either. Neil Lennon currently has proven talents like Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie at his disposal, while the signing of David Turnbull would add to those options.
If Connell is after game time then it may make sense for him to be loaned out immediately. Celtic could sign the youngster and put then give him a year back at Bolton to find his feet. Whatever happens, he’s likely to be a player who we won’t see the best of for a few years yet.