Remi Matthews backs reported target Luca Connell for Celtic success

Bolton Wanderers' goalkeeper Remi Matthews is beaten by Nottingham Forest's Joe Lolley (not shown) for the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and...

Celtic reportedly want to sign Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell in the summer transfer window.

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...

Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Remi Matthews has suggested to The National that his teammate Luca Connell would be a good signing for Celtic in the summer transfer window.

Celtic are interested in signing Bolton youngster Connell, according to The Bolton News.

It has been reported that the Scottish Premiership outfit 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.

Bolton goalkeeper Matthews, 25, believes that Connell would be a good signing for Celtic this summer.

Matthews told The National about Connell: “If he is to move on, and I hope he doesn’t, then I can’t think of many better places for him to go than Celtic.

“I would have no worries at all about him going up there and handling the expectation that comes with playing for such a massive club in front of 60,000 people.

“He has the right sort of mentality for that, and he certainly has the ability to go up there and make an impact.”

Matthews added: “As I say, he’s a big, big talent, and from a selfish perspective I just hope we can hold onto him, because he has become an important player for us, as he would be for any team that he goes to in the future. And I would include Celtic in that.”

Faro , Portugal - 23 May 2019; Seamus Coleman, second right, with team-mates, from left, Shane Long Robbie Brady, Luca Connell and Shane Duffy during a Republic of Ireland training session...

Good signing for Celtic?

Connell is a hugely talented player, and his versatility to operate as a defender or as a midfielder does make him a very attractive signing for Celtic.

The Hoops need young and dynamic players in their squad in the coming years, and the 18-year-old does fit the bill.

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.

Bolton Wanderers' goalkeeper Remi Matthews   during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on May 5, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

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