Celtic have completed the signing of Luca Connell from Bolton Wanderers on a four-year deal, the club announced on Saturday.
The Republic of Ireland youth international joins the Hoops after contract problems at his previous club, with the BBC reporting that while he was set to cost just £250,000, Celtic have paid substantially more to the financially stricken outfit.
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Connell made the breakthrough at Bolton last season, making 12 first-team appearances between January and May.
The teenager showed good enough form to included in a recent senior Republic of Ireland training camp, with assistant manager Robbie Keane revealing he was on the verge of being included in their squad for June qualifiers if not for injury.
Competition in the middle of the park is fierce at Celtic, but with Connell recently insisting he would only join a club if he had the chance of playing, it appears he’ll be earmarked to compete with Hoops regulars despite being just 18 years of age.
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Celtic fans are delighted to hear he’s made the switch, taking to Twitter on Saturday to share their thoughts…
I like him already, confident wee lad! Best of luck, Luca! ?
— LouMun 67 ⚽️???????? (@lfmunro) June 29, 2019
Actually more excited now I’ve heard how confident he is , you need that at that level
— jack gorman (@jackgorman10) June 29, 2019
— Stibybhoy (@Stibybhoy) June 29, 2019
you can tell he gets it the way he speaks of us he’s Celtic to the core
— Celtic Culture (@CelticCulture) June 29, 2019
Great signing with a fire in his belly, ready to go and already looking for 10 IAR!! Well done Celtic! ??????
— Garybhoy67 (@csgaz) June 29, 2019
Brilliant signing for us, luca will be a superstar⭐ in the hoops! Welcome! ????
— NPC (@NPCBOBO) June 29, 2019
So confident?? buzzing to see him play
— Dages (@smcdougall90) June 29, 2019
Liking the sound of this Bhoy ?.
— Tom Murphy? (@bigtmurphy) June 29, 2019
Great work Celtic. Got this transfer done under the radar and over the line. This is more like it.
— a parker (@goodson136_a) June 29, 2019