Robbie Keane comments on reported Celtic target Luca Connell

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Celtic reportedly want Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell.

Bolton Wanderers' Luca Connell applauds his side's travelling supporters at the end of the match   during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers  at...

Robbie Keane has raved about reported Celtic target and Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell, as quoted in The Daily Record.

Celtic interest

Celtic are interested in signing Bolton youngster Connell in the summer transfer window, according to The Bolton News.

It has been reported that the Scottish Premiership club have made an official approach to the English club to secure the services of the 18-year-old, who can operate as a defender or as a midfielder.

 

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According to WhoScored, the teenager made eight starts and two substitute appearances in the Championship and made one start and one substitute appearance in the FA Cup for Bolton this past season.

Blown away

Keane works as an assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland national football team and will do the same role for Middlesbrough in the Championship in England from this season.

The 38-year-old former forward played for Celtic on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in 2010, and he has raved about Connell.

Keane has outlined how the youngster impressed him during a recent training session with the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Bolton Wanderers' Luca Connell shoots during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bolton Wanderers at Pride Park Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Derby, England.

Keane told The Daily Record about Connell: “He’s a great lad. In Portugal, I got a ball and there’s a big goal over there and a small goal facing that goal.

“I said, ‘Watch this, I’m going to hit that post and it’ll go straight into the goal and he said, ‘No chance.’ “I went ‘bang’ - it hit the bar and went into the goal.

"Then the little f****r did it as well, straight after. I thought, ‘He’s got a chance, this lad’. He’s a lovely boy as well.”

June 10th 2019, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland; European Football Championship Qualification, Ireland versus Gibraltar; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane during the warm up

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