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  • Defender's delight after penning new deal

    Defender's delight after penning new deal

    By: Mark Henderson on 02 Feb, 2015 18:13

  • YOUNG defender Eoghan O’Connell has signed a two-year contract extension at Celtic, committing his future at the club until the summer of 2017.

    Delighted at penning his new deal, the 19-year-old has now set his sights on making more inroads into the first-team over the coming seasons.

    The Cork-born player joined the Celtic Youth Academy in 2011, aged 16, and he quickly pushed his way into the Development Squad.

    After making his senior debut last season against Ross County, the stopper has made significant strides forward this season, making four appearances for Ronny Deila’s side.

    And his growing standing in the Hoops squad was recognised when he captained a youthful team in the recent friendly with Sparta Prague in Gran Canaria.

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, O’Connell said: “I’m delighted and just happy to get it done. Now I'll try and kick on from here and get on with the rest of the season.

    “I’m at an interesting stage between the Development Side and the first-team, and it’s all about working as hard as I can and taking a chance when I get them.

    “When I've played I feel I have done that, and if I can keep working hard and impressing then hopefully it will work out for me.

    “Making my debut at the end of last season was a good thing as it gave me a good platform coming into the next season and show what I could do,” continued the Irishman.

    “I've made a few appearances this year, which has been good, but I’m not taking anything for granted. I will be working away as always and this contract is just another stepping stone I have to use to get better and where I need to be.

    “I will be 21 or 22 by the end of the contract and I would want to be playing for the team by then, and that’s what I will certainly be looking to do, forcing my way in whilst continuing to work hard.”

    And with the likes of Liam Henderson, Callum McGregor and Darnell Fisher featuring for the first-team under Ronny Deila, O’Connell knows there is a pathway to the senior side for the club’s young players.

    “A couple of the lads have done really well and it shows that if you are doing well, you will get the chance  – if you are good enough, it will shine through – so that’s another good thing,” he added. 

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