Celtic earned an excellent 3-1 pre-season friendly win over Hibernian on Monday afternoon at Parkhead despite fielding a weakened side – and many Celtic supporters were impressed with Luca Connell’s display.
The Hoops continued their preparation for Sunday’s opener against Hamilton with a clash against Hibernian, with Neil Lennon mixing a number of first-team players along with younger stars, such as Karamoko Dembele.
Olivier Ntcham captained a side that also included Hatem Abd Elhamed, Ismaila Soro, Patryk Klimala, Anthony Ralston and Leigh Griffiths – the latter starting the match on the bench. Connell came on at half-time.
Celtic finally got going as Dembele cancelled out Josh Doig’s opener for Hibernian. But it was Polish striker Patryk Klimala that proved the difference in the second half, netting a brace for the Scottish champions.
Tapping home Leigh Griffiths’ chip, Klimala made it 3-1 inside the last 10 minutes with a well-placed header. Connell came on in midfield at half-time and looked in excellent form – despite the 19-year-old yet to make his senior debut.
Many Celtic fans reacted to the Ireland youth international’s performance for Celtic on Monday afternoon and they were impressed with the former Bolton Wanderers star – and some have questioned why the Liverpool-born star does not play more often.
Luca Connell – tidy! Why has he not featured till now ? Been injured ?
— bhoysviews (@bhoysviews) July 27, 2020
Luca Connell is the long term replacement for Broony ? Impressive
— 67 Pins (@67_pins) July 27, 2020
Luca Connell looks a pler btw
— C. (@Calshyy) July 27, 2020
Luca Connell looked decent 2nd half the day ??
— Hitchy (@HPCeltic) July 27, 2020
Luca Connell seems decent. Strolled the middle of the park like Ralf Little when he played
— Caffers (@ItsCaffers) July 27, 2020
Luca Connell looks a player
— sausagefingers (@WindmillBiscuit) July 27, 2020
— Stephen Fullerton (@fu19) July 27, 2020