There are high hopes for new Celtic signing Lee O’Connor after he completed a transfer from Manchester United on Monday night.
He became Neil Lennon’s last signing of the summer transfer window, arriving on a four-year deal.
A versatile defender who can play along the defensive line, he has been a regular for the Red Devils at youth and reserve level.
Still just 19, he hasn’t quite yet made a senior debut, but there are signs he holds significant potential.
One reason to be optimistic about his ability is the opinion of Martin O’Neill.
The former Republic of Ireland and Celtic boss called the youngster up to his senior squad to face Denmark last year, although didn’t hand him a cap.
During that spell though, the Hoops icon waxed lyrical about the youngster, telling The42.ie last November: “A very impressive young man. He’s a quiet lad, as Nicky Butt said to Roy [Keane] about him. I’ve been very impressed with him — as a person and as a player.
“It looks as if he’s got a decent future ahead of himself. You can’t get carried away with things. But he’s enjoyed it. He’s enjoyed the training immensely.
“I don’t think he’s one of these lads that will get carried away with it. It will stand him in good stead and I think he will get confidence from it, which is really important.”
What can we expect from the player?
O’Neill’s measured comments paint the picture of a young professional with the attitude and attributes required to be a success in his career. That obviously bodes well for Celtic.
Tying him down to a long-term contract appears to be a good bit of business from the club.
When you consider that some Man United fans appear pretty miffed we’ve managed to bag him, he might not even be that far away from the first team despite his age.
There’s plenty of competition at centre-back and on the flanks, but he’ll be backing himself to make a first-team impact. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has to offer.