Republic of Ireland under-21 boss Stephen Kenny reportedly thinks new Celtic recruit Lee O’Connor is best at right-back.

The Hoops signed the 19-year-old on a four-year deal from Manchester United last week. The youngster was widely seen as another option to boost our ranks at centre-back, however the Irish Mirror report that Kenny thinks he’s more of a full-back.

The Irishman also backed up his claims by playing O’Connor at right-back in their recent international double header against Armenia and Sweden.

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If that is the case then it could make things very interesting in that area of the pitch. We’ve already signed Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer this summer while Jeremie Frimpong is a younger addition who could make an impact.

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Will Celtic listen to Kenny advice on O’Connor?

O’Connor won’t have come from Manchester United to make up the numbers in Glasgow, and you can be rest assured he fancies a crack at the first-team this season.


Chances are that Celtic see him playing in a different role to right-back though. Why would they sign two up and coming players in the same position? But that opens up a whole new debate on whether we’re going to be playing the teenager in his best position.

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Neil Lennon recently left the youngster out of his squad for the Europa League group stage. While that decision may not be totally surprising due to O’Connor’s lack of time at the club, it does show that he has a way to go in the manager’s eyes.

Hopefully we can see O’Connor in action soon. And when we do, it will be very interesting to see where he features.

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