Done deal: Defender signs after Celtic agree terms
By Harvey Byrne
English League One side Bury have announced the signing of young centre-back Eoghan O’Connell after agreeing terms with Scottish giants Celtic.
The Greater Manchester club confirmed the 21-year-old defender had joined their team on a three-year-deal via their official website on Thursday afternoon.
The Ireland Under-21 international was set to become out of contract at the Hoops with his deal expiring at the end of the month.
He had also spent the second half of the last campaign on loan in the English third tier with Walsall, where he played 17 times.
He did however also make seven appearances for Celtic last season under Brendan Rodgers with one of those even coming as a 22-minute substitute in the heavy 7-0 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League.
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Those outings added to the previous six he had made for the Hoops’ senior team, but it would now appear that he did not do enough at the Glasgow giants to earn a new deal.
O’Connell will now be moving to a team managed by ex-Kilmarnock and Huddersfield boss Lee Clark and the defender will be looking to help the club push up the league as they escaped relegation by just a point in the last campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Neither Celtic or manager Rodgers will be losing any sleep over this one with O’Connell simply not good enough to make the step-up to the Hoops full time. It is now best for the player that he moves down to a lesser club at this stage of his career and it is certainly a deal that suits all parties. O’Connell is also likely to earn a similar amount of money in the English third-tier as he was at Celtic and Hoops fans will now be sure to keep an eye out on where his career goes from here.
In other Celtic transfer news, Jonny Hayes has given his verdict on the Hoops’ reported interest.