Luca Connell joins Celtic from Bolton
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 29/06/19 10:13am
Celtic have completed the signing of Bolton midfielder Luca Connell, who joins the club on a four-year contract.
The 18-year-old midfielder makes the move to the Scottish champions after coming through the youth system at Bolton and breaking into the first team in the second half of last season.
Connell had a request to terminate his Bolton contract turned down by the club's administrators, Sky Sports News understands.
But they have confirmed they were forced to relent after taking legal advice and also praised Celtic for how they handled the deal.
A spokesman for the administrator said: "We took legal advice once Luca submitted his notice of termination. However, the discrepancy in the regulations between England and Scotland meant we had no option but to accept the situation.
"To their credit, Celtic recognised that and have agreed to pay substantially more than the financial obligations in Luca's contract."
Liverpool-born Connell qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents and he has now finalised his move to the Hoops before flying out to join the rest of the team at their pre-season training camp in Austria.
"It is unbelievable to sign for such a massive club, known all around the world," Connell told Celtic's official website.
"It's crazy. It hasn't sunk in yet that I'm signing for such a big club and with this much history, hopefully I can crack on and help us make more.
"I'm looking forward to all the league games and especially the Champions League."
Connell joins Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien in making the move to Celtic, after he became manager Neil Lennon's first summer signing after he joined on a four-year contract on Friday.