Report: Celtic set to offer Eoghan O’Connell new contract

Celtic are set to offer Eoghan O’Connell a contract extension.

Celtic are lining up a contract offer for Eoghan O’Connell, the Daily Record reports.

The 20-year-old centre-back recently left Parkhead to sign for Irish side Cork City on loan, continuing his first-team development in his homeland.

Capped at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, O’Connell has played six times for the Celtic first-team, appearing once this season.

He started, and completed, the full game in a 3-1 victory over Dundee United back in August, but Ronny Deila wanted to loan him out to continue his development.

The move to Cork ensures him consistent first-team football, and whilst that may be in a poor quality league, it will be better for O’Connell than remaining in the development squad at Parkhead.

Due to his impressive potential, Deila wants to tie O’Connell down beyond the end of his current deal, which ends in a year-and-a-half.

There are no indications as to the length of contract that Celtic are preparing to offer O’Connell, but it is expected that the young centre-back will sign the contract in the coming days.

O’Connell is considered one of the better prospects in the current Celtic academy system, and having made his debut in 2014, he will be hoping to make a real mark on the Bhoys’ first-team next season.

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