Bolton News have claimed on their transfer blog (Friday, 08:20am) that Sunderland are set to form a reunion between Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson and Celtic teenager Luca Connell.
Connell, 18, only joined Celtic in the summer from Bolton Wanderers – after Parkinson brought the teenager into the senior side and handed him 12 appearances for the League One outfit. He is able to play in a number of positions.
Indeed, the Ireland Under-19 international is naturally a holding midfielder but can also play at left-back or on the left-flank. He has failed to make his senior debut for Celtic since signing, though, instead playing for the club’s reserve side.
Sunderland are said to be close to completing a loan move for the Irish left-footer, with the player on his way to the Stadium of Light in order to complete a deal. He has a contract until the summer of 2023 at Celtic.
TBR’s view – Connell desperately needs game time
Given that Connell had broken into Bolton’s first team, he now needs regular game time if he is to continue his excellent start to professional football – meaning a loan move is absolutely pivotal.
The youngster has enormous potential and certainly enough to break into Celtic’s senior side. But if he is to do so, he needs game time, something he will not get at Celtic right now. A move to Sunderland is perfect for the youngster.