Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have signed ‘the new John O’Shea’ Lee O’Connor from Premier League giants Manchester United.

Hailing from the Republic of Ireland and adaptable enough to play at right-back, left-back, centre-half and even in midfield, it is no wonder Manchester United starlet Lee O’Connor had been called ‘the new John O’Shea’.

And the youngster’s impressive performances behind the scenes at Carrington certainly didn’t pass a five-time Premier League winner by.

“Look he was quality, top quality on the pitch. He looked very comfortable, he went right-back to left-back in a breeze, it was no problem to him,” O’Shea told Pundit Arena in March.

So you can imagine that O’Shea was as baffled as almost every other Manchester United fan when the news broke that 19-year-old O’Connor had been allowed to join Celtic on a four-year deal on transfer deadline day.

Despite playing 21 times for the U23 side in 2018/19, and with United lacking depth in both full-back positions, his departure has certainly left some scratching their heads – particularly as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put so much emphasis on promoting from within.

Have the fallen giants of English football just made a decision that will come back to haunt them? Well, it certainly seems that their loss will be Celtic’s gain for the next four years at least.

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