Shane Duffy met his new Celtic team-mates earlier this week, and will have been reunited with Luca Connell.

The pair may seem like strange bedfellows, given that their dates of birth are nine years apart.

The duo have never played together at club level and speak with entirely different accents. Duffy is Irish, while Connell is a scouser.

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So some Celtic fans may have been a little surprised to hear that the two actually have a decent relationship.

It all stems from their time together with the Irish national team not so long ago.

Connell was the new boy and Duffy the regular. They had an Everton connection in common.


Celtic youngster Luca Connell

Celtic youngster Luca Connell / (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“I’m looking forward to seeing him,” Connell said in this week’s Celtic View. (09/09 print edition, page 25)

“I haven’t seen him for a while so it’ll be good to catch up with him. He’ll fit in well with all the lads.

“There are a lot of big personalities in the changing room and he’ll enjoy that. He’s a top class player and he gets on well with everyone so I think he’ll be a popular figure in the dressing room.


“I met Shane when I first went over to train with Ireland. He and Seamus Coleman came to my room and looked after me. They took me under their wing and showed me the ropes so I was quite close to Shane which was good.

“As a kid, watching Everton I’d study the whole team so I’ve followed Shane’s career for years.”

Connell seems positive despite lack of Celtic chances

Connell is well known to have been an Everton fan in his early days (Scottish Sun) so forming a connection with Duffy and Coleman must have been a really good moment for him.

The teenager is yet to make a competitive appearance under Neil Lennon but it is interesting to note that he hasn’t been loaned out from the club yet.

Connell alongside Afolabi

Connell alongside Afolabi / (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

While international team-mates Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor have both spent time at other clubs, Connell has stayed with Celtic.

His lack of first-team opportunities don’t seem to be getting him too down either – judging by his latest comments in the Celtic View.

And after Duffy helped him settle in to life with Ireland, hopefully Connell can return the favour in Glasgow.

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