The Celtic boss says he has been impressed by the 20-year-old's understanding of the game.
The 20-year-old defender was handed his chance to impress against Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday in the International Champions Cup having graduated from the Celtic Youth Academy.
He did just that too as he scored his side’s equaliser with a fine finish from the edge of the box in the 1-1 draw.
It was his first goal for the club and Rodgers says he has been really impressed with the youngster’s understanding of the game.
“He’s a young player who has a good idea of the game,” he told the club’s official website.
”I have been really impressed of his understanding of the game. He plays the position very well and he wants to defend first and foremost, but you can see his comfort on the ball.”
It now remains to be seen if O’Connell has a big part to play for Celtic under Rodgers next season.
The former Liverpool manager is well known for giving youngsters a chance having blooded the likes of Raheem Sterling, John Flanagan and Jordon Ibe during his time at Anfield.
With the current defence failing to impress there are places up for grabs, and should O’Connell continue to perform how he did against Leicester it would not be surprising to see him starring before too long.