Tuesday 25 October 2016

Irish Bhoy Eoghan fits the bill for Celtic

Eoghan O'Connell
Eoghan O'Connell

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the impact of Irish youngster Eoghan O'Connell after he came through his European debut with flying colours.

The Bhoys had to come from behind to scrape a 1-1 Champions League draw away to FC Astana in Kazakhstan, with Rodgers forced to push O'Connell, 20, into the starting XI due to an injury crisis.

And the Rep of Ireland U21 cap, who had a spell on loan to home-town club Cork City earlier this year, delivered with a solid display in that draw which gives Celtic hope of progress to the play-off round.

"I thought he was outstanding. For a young player, he has been on the fringes for a few years, coming into that environment, under pressure, he had very few mistakes in the game," said Rodgers.

"You would expect him to make some as a young player but he coped in a very difficult situation."

Leigh Griffitths' away goal has given Celtic a chance to progress. "It was an outstanding result for us. Collectively the mentality was the most pleasing thing," added Rodgers.

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