By Harvey Byrne

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has revealed that on loan Celtic defender Eoghan O’Connell could face a possible scan after receiving a hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old centre-back is currently with the Midlands side until the end of the season after joining in January.

The young player has already made 13 senior appearances for the Scottish giants, but he has moved out to the League One side in an attempt to gain more first team football.

He has so far featured 13 times for the club, but Whitney has revealed he could now face three weeks on the sidlines after leaving Tuesday evening’s 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood after 36 minutes injured.

“Eoghan broke his nose about two minutes before he came off, and then he felt his hamstring,” told Whitney, as quoted by the Walsall Advertiser.

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“We have assessed him but it is still quite tight.

 “After some more assessment he will probably have a scan. But he’s Celtic’s player so we do whatever they ask.

“We will know more soon but he definitely won’t be available for the weekend.

“We won’t know exactly how long he will be out until he’s had the scan but on average, with my experience, hamstrings usually take between 17 and 21 days.”

This will come as a blow to the young O’Connell, who’s contract at Celtic also ends this summer.

He will be keen to impress onlookers before the season end’s in order to secure a deal at either the Hoops, or another professional club.

However, with just eight matches of the season left for Walsall to go alongside his injury time could be running out for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

Celtic currently have Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko performing admirably in the back four, but they would have still been keeping a close eye on one of their academy graduates.

In other Celtic news, Steven Thompson has compared Rangers’ squad to the Hoops’.

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