By Danny Wright
Celtic have confirmed that Luke Donnelly has joined Greenock Morton on an emergency loan for three months.
Donnelly will remain at the Scottish Championship club until May 9.
???? Good luck to Luke Donnelly who joins @Morton_FC on a three-month emergency loan deal.
Full story ???? https://t.co/oiXNYEFII3
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 7, 2017
This will be the young striker’s second loan deal of the season after spending the first half on loan at Alloa, where he made nine appearances and scored one goal.
Morton announced on their official website that Donnelly, who will wear the number 19 shirt, is available to make his debut on Tuesday night as they take on Raith Rovers at Cappielow in the league.
They are currently fourth in the table but can move up to third, behind Hibernian and Dundee if they beat Raith.
Donnelly spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Scottish League Two club East Stirlingshire where he made 11 league appearances, scoring one goal and getting one assist – both of which came in the game against Montrose.
The 21-year-old joined the Celtic academy at the age of eight.
Football Insider Verdict
Donnelly has not only struggled to get anywhere near first-team football at Celtic but he has also struggled when out on loan. At the age of 21 he should be much further along in his development and should at least be getting on the bench if he were to make it at Celtic Park.
The best Donnelly can hope for is to get a good goal-to-game ratio and a lot of playing time while at Morton to help him find a club once his contract runs out with the Hoops. However, given his lack of game time at clubs in lower divisions he isn’t guaranteed anything at Cappielow.
In other Celtic news, Peter Odemwingie has urged this player to move to the Scottish giants.