Sunday 16 December 2018

Deila's Eoghan praise

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is happy with the progress of Ireland U21 cap Eoghan O'Connell (pictured) at Parkhead this season.

The 19-year-old Cork lad replaced the injured Jason Denayer in the 3-0 League Cup win over Hearts at Parkhead on Wednesday night before making his fourth appearance of the season in the 2-1 Premiership victory over St Mirren on Saturday.

"He is progressing," said Deila.

"He was better than he was on Wednesday, he was a little bit nervous then. Against St Mirren he played with confidence and won a lot of challenges in the air. He is only 19 years old and he is a talented player."

O'Connell made his debut for the Bhoys has season but has been more of a presence in Deila's squad this term and he has also made progress at international level.

Last week the defender was named in Noel King's Ireland U21 squad for a friendly away to Norway next month and players like O'Connell will play a major role in the next U21 Euro qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Adam Rooney made it 11 goals from 12 games this season when he scored for Aberdeen in their 3-2 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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