Celtic youngster Luca Connell makes huge impact for Queens Park, first professional goal

By Euan Davidson

March 30, 2021

Celtic youngster Luca Connell is grabbing his loan chance with both hands.

The Ireland youth international scored for Queens Park against Albion Rovers in tonight’s League Two clash. The Spiders handily dealt with the Coatbridge side, winning 3-0.

It was another first in the space of a few weeks for Luca Connell. The Liverpool-born Celtic youngster’s goal was his first professional strike, having never netted for Bolton in the Championship. Sadly, he hasn’t yet breached the first-team yet, and so hasn’t had the chance to score for his parent club as of yet.

Connell continues to impress at League Two level. His neat finish into the bottom corner from outside the box finally shows the kind of attacking threat Connell can bring.

He also provided an assist from the corner, setting up Salim Kouider-Aissa on 63 minutes.

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Supporters are following Connell’s development closely. The Irishman was hotly-tipped when he arrived at Celtic Park in 2019, with the club paying over the odds for him [BBC]. Finally, we’re getting an idea of Connell’s attributes, his best position and what he can bring at a relatively decent level.

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

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The Ireland U21 international has supporters excited for the future. Celtic’s crop of loan players are making a decent attempt at developing their game outside the club. For example, prospects like Ewan Henderson, Ewan Otoo and Lee O’Connor.

It’s still surprising that Connell isn’t on loan at a higher tier of Scottish football. Still, few can complain if he’s doing the business. At only 19, we will surely be rewarded for patience.

Letting Connell develop his game and his confidence by tearing it up in League Two can only be good.

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