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.
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.
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:
Things to note from @CelticFC v Rennes.
• Morgan has a future at Celtic and if he wants to could run Sinclair close.
• Luca Connell is a player.
• Jullien miles off match sharpness but looks assured overall.
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) July 13, 2019
Really liking Luca Connell. Seems a really likeable lad and isnt scared to try a tough pass on the pitch. Thats what you want some players go into there shell and play easy ball . Looking forward to seeing him again 💚🍀👍
— S'appenin Celtic 🍀 (@SappeninCeltic) July 14, 2019
Jullien strolled it. Connell looked a bit raw, but decent enough. I think we will see Jullien start midweek.
— 🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 (@Gastro_Celtic) July 13, 2019
Is it just me or is Connell so slow though? Like, the slowest runner I've ever seen?! Also felt Morgan was poor but everyone else saying he was excellent so maybe I need to give him a 2nd chance. Def agree need a RB. Ralston wouldn't get a game of fives down the green.
— GeeGuevara (@Geemax87) July 13, 2019
Luca Connell is a great signing the lad as talent no doubt about it 👌🍀
— celtic jaime 🍀 (official account) (@jaimelawson08) July 13, 2019
Luca Connell a scouser & evertonian running the midfield for Celtic, that’s just what we like to see
— Johnpaul MacDonald (@jpmac_91) July 13, 2019
They need a lot more games to get up to match fitness
— John (@Goose1167) July 13, 2019
Luca Connell still looks a very young player. Broony led him through first half. Would be surprised if he is ready for first team this season.
— Betty Swollocks (@GFM1971) July 13, 2019
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 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.
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.