Report: Celtic now can't sign Luca Connell for a training fee

By David Walton

June 17, 2019

There appears to be a slight twist in the potential deal taking Luca Connell from Bolton to Celtic

The Hoops had reportedly made an offer according to the Bolton News at the end of last week. But, in a surprising turn of events, it doesn’t look as though Celtic will be able to snap him up for a training fee anymore.

That’s because Bolton have managed to extend his scholarship contract for a further 12 months. Instead, it’s now down to Celtic to put an offer to Bolton that would convince them to sell.

Luca Connell made 12 appearances last season for Bolton (Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Bolton News also believes that the club is now in no urgent need to sell. Despite their financial troubles, Bolton is apparently close to a takeover. That could help ease any pressure on having to take cut-price deals for their players. But if it’s just the administrator Celtic has to deal with, that could work out better for the Hoops.

Now we’ll see how much Celtic truly want Connell

The new development of no longer being able to snap up Connell on a development fee is interesting. What it does mean is that we’re finally going to see how much Celtic truly want him.

Connell ended the campaign as Bolton’s Young Player of the Year (Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The good news for Celtic is that, despite the lack of a development fee being acceptable, he surely still wouldn’t cost too much. He remains a player only contracted to the club for a further 12 months. Any decent amount of money would surely see Bolton cave in and accept a deal.

But is Connell even a player who could come in and make an impact immediately? He may have won Bolton’s Young Player of the Year award last season, but he also only made 12 appearances too.

Connell has been working with the Republic of Ireland over the last week (Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

He’s known to be a defensive midfielder. So that would mean he’s up against some big competition if he moved to Parkhead. The likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi, and Youssouf Mulumbu make up the numbers. Could Connell seriously jump ahead of several of those players to become a key figure this season?

That would seem a tad doubtful, and this could be a signing for the long-term. Connell has also taken part in Republic of Ireland’s first-team training over the last week too. Robbie Keane certainly seemed impressed by him (Scottish Sun), and he certainly has a high reputation.

But with the latest twist of the training fee being wiped out, it will be interesting to see if Celtic can strike a deal for him.