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Celtic Praised For Goodwill Gesture After Luca Connell Completes Transfer

Celtic Praised For Goodwill Gesture After Luca Connell Completes Transfer

Celtic have completed the signing of Luca Connell on a four-year deal.

The Liverpool-born midfielder completed the move after prolonged speculation. He told the club website he was delighted to complete a deal: "It is unbelievable to sign for such a massive club, known all around the world.”

The move was complicated by Bolton's financial situation. Connell had reportedly submitted notice to terminate his contract. As a free agent, the club would only be due £250,000 in a development fee.

FIFA forbid players under 18 moving to a foreign club but players aged 16-17 can move within two countries in the European Economic Area.

A spokesperson for Bolton’s joint administrator said the club had sought legal advice over the move, but that a “discrepancy” in the transfer rules between England and Scotland meant there was nothing they could do to prevent it.

However, the Scottish champions have made a goodwill gesture to pay more for the academy graduate.

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To their credit, Celtic recognised that and have agreed to pay substantially more than the financial obligations in Luca’s contract.

The funds come as a welcomed boost. The club were relegated from the Championship last season and failed to fulfil their final match against Brentford. A takeover collapsed and they will start League One on -12 points.

Connell will now link up with his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Austria.

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