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Celtic Confirm Signing Of 18-Year-Old Irish Talent Luca Connell

Celtic Confirm Signing Of 18-Year-Old Irish Talent Luca Connell

Luca Connell has officially made the switch from Bolton Wanderers to Celtic after the teenager signed a a four-year-deal with the Glasgow club this morning.

The 18-year-old burst into the Bolton senior ranks last season, before Mick McCarthy called him up to train with the Irish senior squad in May.

There has been intense speculation over the past few weeks regarding Connell's future with Parkhead regularly popping as a possible destination for the Liverpudlian given his Irish roots.

However, the teenager has now signed a contract and is expected to join his new teammates in Austria at their pre-season training camp in the coming days.

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"It's unbelievable to sign for such a massive club known all around the world," he told Celtic TV.

It hasn't sunk in yet - that I'm signing for such a big club with this much history.

I'm looking forward to all the league games but especially the Champions League.

I believe in myself and I believe in my teammates as well. Obviously they've got a lot of history and they're halfway through making history and I believe that I can help them go on and make more history. Hopefully we can win ten-in-a-row.

Connell may not have to wait long for his competitive debut in a Celtic shirt, the Scottish champions opening their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, July 9 away to FK Sarajevo.

The Hoops will then begin their league campaign on Saturday, August 3 at home to St Johnstone.

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Aonghus Ó Maicín