Celtic prospect Lee O’Connor has impressed for the Republic of Ireland on his senior international debut.
O’Connor has even yet to make his debut in Neil Lennon’s team, but was selected by Mick McCarthy for tonight’s friendly against New Zealand in Dublin.
Starting as a right-back, the teenager was an energetic presence throughout, getting plenty of touches of the ball and supporting the Irish attack.
It was his stunning cross that allowed his side to score their third of the game in a 3-1 victory. An assist on your debut for Ireland isn’t a bad way to begin your career.
Having joined from Manchester United during the summer transfer window, hopes are high he has the quality and potential to eventually make a big impact at Celtic Park.
He’s a versatile defender, often playing as a centre-back in youth football. However, he looked every bit a right-back tonight.
Hopefully, it’s the kind of performance that gives him the confidence to push on and compete for places under Lennon. If not, there’s always the option of a January loan that allows him to get regular football.
These fans watching tonight were impressed, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Lee O'Connor has been great all night. That assist is after a good few nice crosses. #IreVNZL
— Cian Murray (@CianMur) November 14, 2019
Have I ever mentioned that I think Lee O’Connor is bleedin’ deadly? Well I think he’s bleedin’ deadly
— Stephen Finn (@FutsalFinn) November 14, 2019
I know it’s only a friendly but Lee O’Connor has been well good for Ireland tonight, Looks like wee have another cracking young right back on our books.
— Alan Rafferty 🍀 (@AlanRaff81) November 14, 2019
Impressed more by Josh Cullen every time I see him play. Stereotype of an anchorman in midfield. Himself and O’Connor the two doing themselves most favours for the future #COYBIG
— Robbie Fahy (@fahy_rob) November 14, 2019
Given Celtic’s abundant RB options, Lee O’Connor could probably do with a loan move in Jan. Looks absolutely ready for senior football. Another season of reserve games won’t do much for him.
— Paul Dollery (@PaulDollery) November 14, 2019
good to see Lee O'Connor of #Celtic getting his debut for Ireland, looks a player 🍀👍
— GaryDolingoli (@garydoyler) November 14, 2019
Lee O’Connor delivery is absolutely unbelievable 👌 so confident on the ball as well makes it look easy. Going too be top class baller ⚽️⚽️
— Thomas_Whitty (@THOMASWHITTY) November 14, 2019
Lee O'connor looks a quality player
— Chrissy (@ChrissyKelleher) November 14, 2019