By Harvey Byrne
Celtic defender Eoghan O’Connell has made the move to League One side Walsall until the end of the season, it was announced on Thursday morning.
The 21-year-old defender has made the mouth south of the border to the English third tier for his third loan move of his career.
The Midlands club revealed on their official Twitter account on Thursday that the youngster will spend the rest of the campaign with Jon Whitney’s side.
📝 | BREAKING: @celticfc defender Eoghan O'Connell joins on loan
— Walsall FC Official (@WFCOfficial) January 12, 2017
O’Connell spent the previous campaign on loan in England and Ireland with moves to Oldham and Cork during the season.
He made just nine appearances for the two sides in total, while has has played nine times for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit this campaign.
However, only two of those appearances have come in the Premiership and it would appear that he is currently surplus for requirements at the Scottish giants.
O’Connell’s contract is also set to run out this summer and it is believed this loan move is in order for the player to showcase his talents to potential new sides.
Walsall are currently placed in mid-table in the English third tier in 14th and they will now be looking to move up the league and stake a late claim for the play-offs.
Football Insider verdict:
At his age O’Connell is unlikely to ever make it at Celtic, meaning that this loan move could be highly beneficial for the young defender. The player needs more senior team football if he is to move on to play at a suitable level when his Hoops contract runs out in the summer and this is the perfect opportunity to put himself in the shop window. A player can still earn good money in the English third tier and it is still played to a high standard. O’Connell must now ensure that he sees more time on the pitch than he did in his previous loan to League One outfit Oldham.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are set for talks over surprise defender deal.