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Friday 15 December 2017

Eoghan O'Connell: I'm happy to sign new Celtic deal

Celtic's Liam Henderson and Eoghan O'Connell (right)
Celtic's Liam Henderson and Eoghan O'Connell (right)

Eoghan O'Connell is happy to trust Celtic with the most significant years of his career, writes JOE McHUGH.

The 19-year-old has already made half a dozen first team appearances and has signed a new two year contract to stay in Glasgow.

Virgil van Dijk, Jason Denayer and Efe Ambrose are ahead of him in Ronny Deila's first team plans but the bhoy from Cork is confident that his career is developing in the right direction.

"I'm delighted and just happy to get it done," O'Connell said after signing his new deal. "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.

"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."

Celtic face Dundee in the Scottish Cup at Dens Park tomorrow as they attempt to keep their treble hopes alive.

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