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O’CONNELL’S AIM

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CELTIC kid Eoghan O’Connell hopes to provide a Dutch of class to impress Ronny Deila on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Irish defender is desperate to face PSV Eindhoven in the opening game during the winter break in Gran Canaria.
He said: “I was happy with the way I started the season and played a few games.
“But we got a few lads back after injury and, as a consequence, it’s been harder to get into the team.
“Playing the Development Squad games and in the English Premier League International Cup has been very good.
“This trip here breaks it up and when we go back, this can be used to prepare for the upcoming games.
“Training out here can be a big change and it can be great for all the lads in and around the fringes as well as the young ones who can, hopefully, get some game time.”

O’Connell, speaking on the Celtic website, added: “You just have to work hard in training and see where it can get us.
“I hope to get some game time, but it’s up to the manager.
“Hopefully, I can play in one of the games and get some time on the pitch.
“PSV and Sparta Prague are two great teams and they’ll be a big test.
“I was on the bench when we played PSV in the NextGen tournament and it was a great experience.
“They had some very good players who have gone on to their first team.
“It should be a good test.”

O’Connell is just one of a handful of Hoops kids hoping to catch the eye of Deila.
The Norwegian also has the likes of Aidan Nesbitt, Leo Fasan, Joe Thomson, Jamie Lindsay, Paul McMullan and Calum Waters in his squad.

 
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