Celtic fans have been reacting to young Luca Connell’s debut against Rennes yesterday.

The Republic of Ireland under-19 international was given his Parkhead bow by Neil Lennon. The friendly match against the French outfit was simply to get more minutes into players’ legs. In the end, however, it turned into a decent contest that could’ve been won by either side.

Luca Connell showed some maturity in the 0-0 draw yesterday (Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The midfielder featured for the majority of it. He was only hooked by Lennon just under the hour mark, as he impressed with his tenacity and determination to get involved in the game. It looked an assured enough display, and supporters showed their appreciation with a rousing reception as he came off.

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Some of the supporters also gave their reaction to his debut on social media. Here’s a look at what the online Hoops thought of the youngster:


Luca Connell’s debut can be considered a success

For his first ever game at a club the size of Celtic, Connell looked steady. He didn’t burst out or make a big breakthrough, but he didn’t do anything noticeably poor either. He held onto the ball well, whilst some of his more ambitious moves in the game such as long diagonals just didn’t reach their target.


Connell is still finding his feet at senior level (Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Connell will find his range in time. He’s still only 18-years of age. The more exposure he gets to that level of football, the better a player he’ll be. It’s also important to take into consideration the opposition we were playing. Rennes are a fine footballing side, with their performance in France last year proving just that. They managed to overcome PSG in the Coupe de France final. Celtic, and Connell, did well yesterday even for a pre-season friendly.

Still much to learn

We didn’t learn an awful lot about Connell’s game either in truth. With a bit of luck, we start to find out more and more as the season goes on and he features against Scottish Premiership opposition. Connell looks capable of stepping into that kind of environment, but we’ve still to see much of what he’s got to offer.

Are we set for a big, breakthrough season from the Irishman? (Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

We’re not going to overexaggerate his performance either. He didn’t prove yesterday that he should be in ahead of Scott Brown or Callum McGregor. But it certainly wasn’t a poor one given the level of opposition we were playing.

The supporters’ reaction to his display tells you all you need to know about their acceptance of it. Yesterday was just the beginning for young Connell. In time, he’ll hopefully develop into a top player at Parkhead.

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