Released Celtic player "over the moon" as he signs for English side

By Lewis Laird

June 17, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Luca Connell has this afternoon completed a move to English League One side Barnsley.

The 21-year-old joins the recently relegated Championship side after his contract with the Hoops came to an end this summer.

By his own admission, Connell’s time in Glasgow didn’t go as well as he would have hoped. But, he will now be looking to rebuild his career down south after signing a three-year deal with Barnsley.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m over the moon to finally get it done.

“Over the years there’s been some speculation about it happening, but I’m finally here and I’m happy to be a Barnsley player.

“My agent is from Barnsley, so he’s told me about the history of the club. He brought Hourihane and [Kieran] Tripper to the club, so there’s high standards. I just know that we need to bounce back to get this club back where it belongs.”

When Connell first joined the club during the 2019/20 season under former boss Neil Lennon, there were high hopes for the Irishman.

Coming off the back of first-team appearances in the second-tier of English Football with Bolton, the young midfielder looked like one for the future.

However, he failed to make the grade at Celtic, only making a handful of appearances during pre-season under Lennon and current manager Ange Postecoglou.

Over the past 18 months, Connell has spent two productive spells out on loan with Queens Park, helping the ambitious side to back-to-back promotions.

Many fans believed this summer would be Connell’s final chance to try and impress the coaching staff at Lennoxtown. However, the club decided not to take the option of another year on his contract.

Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

That call seems to have been the best decision for all parties, with Connell quickly being snapped up and the midfielder now has his future secured for the next few years.

As expected, there was believed to be plenty of interest in the former Celtic man, with ex-Hoops captain Scott Brown also being linked with a move.

Instead of playing under Brown next season, Connell will be going up against his Fleetwood side as Barnsley look to bounce back from their disappointing relegation next season.

We wish him all the very best of luck, and hopefully, we see the youngster kick on from here!

In other news, Vinicius Souza to Celtic update as City Group make Bhoys preferred destination.