Luca Connell's Queen's Park loan has Celtic supporters asking questions
The Celtic supporters have been left asking major questions over the progress of Luca Connell after another loan move to Queen’s Park was confirmed yesterday.
Connell spent the second half of last season helping the Spiders win promotion to League One. It seemed an odd move at the time given the fact he had been playing with Bolton two years prior in the English Championship.
However, in an even more concerning move for the player, he’s had to go back to the newly-promoted League One club for another season. Queen’s Park yesterday made the announcement, stating that he would be joining for another season.
When he arrives back at Celtic Park, he’ll only have another year left on his contract. All of a sudden, that four-year contract he signed back in the summer of 2019 will be almost over. And worryingly, he won’t be any closer to first-team action than he was when he signed.
Ange Postecoglou has always stated that he’ll give youngsters a chance if they prove they’re good enough. It’s a concerning sign for Connell then that he hasn’t had a minute of senior action.
Luca Connell development path more concerning than lack of game-time
Many fans will argue that Connell should be getting minutes. That Ismaila Soro hasn’t been good enough and that the Irish youngster has proven he can make the step-up. Clearly, however, Postecoglou doesn’t believe that to be the case.
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What’s even more concerning, however, is the trajectory of Connell’s career. He was supposed to sign for Celtic and burst on to new heights. After all, he had just managed to accumulate 12 senior appearances with Bolton in the Championship and FA Cup. He’d tasted high-quality senior football and looked ready to kick on in Glasgow.
Fast forward two years and he’s heading back to a League One club with no indication that he has a long-term Celtic future. When it comes to commenting on the club’s top youngsters, Postecoglou hasn’t actually moved to mention the Republic of Ireland U21 international.
This wasn’t what was pitched to Connell when he arrived. We can’t pretend this was the direction in which his career was supposed to go.
And it’s clear the Celtic fans have been left asking major questions about his return to Queen’s. Here’s a look at how supporters reacted yesterday:
Deffo a good idea to loan out players in positions were short on..— Papalstacoglou 🇻🇦 (@KierHar) September 17, 2021
Don’t know why lower spfl teams like Ross county wouldn’t look at him, Feel he’s playing massively below his level— ShadowsOfWeevil🍀 (@ATcfc88) September 17, 2021
great signing for Queen’s Park nonetheless and should see promotion
C’mon Celtic what is going on with this Bhoy ? Are we just going to loan hm out until his contract runs out give him a chance !— Octopus (@DTinmey) September 17, 2021
You’d think with our lack of depth in midfield and the bags of talent this boy has been reported to have we’d actually give him a chance but no, same old Celtic selling the youth prospects down the river— conor carr (@conorcarr2) September 17, 2021
Seen this boy play, and have no comprehension as to how he cannot get into our first team. That left foot of his is absolutely fabulous!— Rosemary Lucas (@dollydimples88) September 17, 2021
Refuse to believe this guy isn't better than Soro.— David O'Reilly (@DavidOReilly3) September 17, 2021
In other news, Chris Sutton has absolutely ripped into Celtic rivals today