Celtic signs teenager Luca Connell from Bolton

Luca Connell has swapped Bolton Wanderers for Celtic a month after being called up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

Luca Connell in action for Bolton Wanderers.   -  Getty Images

Celtic has signed promising midfielder Luca Connell from embattled Bolton Wanderers on a four-year deal.

The 18-year-old becomes Neil Lennon's second signing since the end of the season following the arrival of French defender Christopher Jullien from Toulouse.

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Connell turned heads after breaking into Bolton's first team in January and won a call-up to Mick McCarthy's Republic of Ireland squad in May, only to be forced out through a thigh injury. The Liverpool-born left-footer leaves cash-strapped Bolton as administrators attempt to push through a takeover following the club's relegation to League One.

"It's unbelievable to sign for such a massive club, known all around the world," Connell told Celtic TV. "It's a dream come true, it's what you dream of when you're a little boy."

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