Football | Celtic sign Luca Connell from Bolton


Celtic have signed Luca Connell from Bolton.

The Republic of Ireland underage international has joined the Scottish champions on a four-year deal.

Connell, who was born in Liverpool, handed in a notice of termination to Bolton after the cash-strapped club’s relegation to League One.

“It is unbelievable to sign for such a massive club, known all around the world,” the 18-year-old told the Celtic website.

Connell caught the eye of a number of clubs after breaking into the Bolton team last season, and was included in Mick McCarthy’s senior Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar before being forced to withdraw through injury.

He can play in either defence or midfield, and made 10 appearances in the Championship last season.

“It’s crazy,” Connell contined. “It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m signing for such a big club and with this much history, hopefully I can crack on and help us make more,” he added.

“I’m confident and I feel I can talk to anyone, it’s in the Scouse nature to be outgoing. I’m looking forward to all the league games and especially the Champions League.”

Connell – who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents – will now link up with his new teammates on Celtic’s preseason tour of Austria.

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