Celtic should pursue Dara O'Shea again after starring with O'Connor

Dublin , Ireland - 24 March 2019; Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg in...

Celtic reportedly wanted West Bromwich Albion's Dara O'Shea earlier this year.

Dublin , Ireland - 24 March 2019; Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg in...

Celtic are building up quite the contingent of Republic of Ireland youth internationals, with four now in the Bhoys ranks.

Barry Coffey was already at the club before Celtic signed three more this summer, landing Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi and, most recently, Lee O'Connor.

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Two of them were in action last night as Afolabi and O'Connor started in the Ireland Under-21's win over Sweden, and they were also playing alongside a recent Celtic target.

 

West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O'Shea started in defence alongside O'Connor, continuing to impress having caught Mick McCarthy's eye in the 1-0 win over Armenia on Friday.

McCarthy told RTE that he was impressed with O'Shea's display alongside QPR youngster Conor Masterson, and the 20-year-old should remain on the Celtic radar.

The Scottish Sun reported this summer that Brendan Rodgers wanted O'Shea at Celtic, and replacement Neil Lennon was continuing the interest after landing the job permanently.

No summer move materialised for the defender, but O'Shea – now back with West Brom after a loan spell at Exter City – is showing signs that he can be a real talent for the future, as McCarthy has highlighted.

DUBLIN , IRELAND - 6 September 2019; Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland walks our prior to the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and...

Celtic do aleady have Christopher Jullien, Krisoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic at centre back, but Jack Hendry has no future, so replacing him with another young centre back for the future would be ideal for Lennon and co.

Seeing O'Shea impress in the Ireland Under-21 back line along with Lennon's new signing O'Connor should be enough encouragement to pursue a move, as that understanding could come in very handy in terms of forming a cohesive Celtic back line for years to come.

West Brom will likely want to keep O'Shea, but Celtic can sell him the prospect of linking up with Coffey, Connell, Afolabi and O'Connor, which may well be appealing to the talented young defender.

Dara OShea of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the pre-season friendly between Rotherham United v West Bromwich Albion at AESSEAL New York Stadium...

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