Impressive Celtic youngster Luca Connell gets unexpected international boost

By Sean Clifford

March 22, 2021

Celtic prospect Luca Connell has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their friendly against Wales this Friday. The 19-year-old was not initially included in the roster, however will link up with his fellow countrymen after withdrawals from Dan Rose and Ademipo Odubeko [The42].

He joins fellow Irish Under-21’s Jonathan Afolabi, who is on loan at Dundee alongside Lee O’Connor who is plying his trade at Tranmere Rovers. Of course, the recognition marks an excellent few days for Connell, following a standout display in his Queens Park debut against Stranraer.

The midfielder has only ever represented Ireland at the U19 level.

                       Hopefully Luca Connell can make the most of his time away from Celtic Park 

The Irish youth international is someone who can count himself unlucky in terms of first-team opportunities. Having never played in a senior Celtic fixture, it is beneficial for the player that he garners senior football exposure. Evidently talented, making the step up to the Irish Under-21’s will be a great experience for the youngster.

He held his own in the English Championship at 17-years-old with Bolton Wanderers making 10 appearances. There is scope to suggest that he could work his way into the Celtic squad under a new manager. Previously called into the Republic of Ireland squad in 2019, he has the attributes to develop into an established midfielder.

Possessing great technique and spatial awareness, he could be the type of prospect Celtic look to invest time into moving into 2021/22. Hopefully he can provide some food for though for any new prospective manager in his time away from the club.

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