Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to sign highly-rated Bolton prospect Luca O’Connell on a free transfer. However, Bolton feels they can request a fee in compensation due to him being under the age of 21.
The youngster signed for Bolton in 2009, and after 10 years at the club, broke into the first-team last season. He immediately made a positive impact on the fans on and off the pitch and is now attracting interest from clubs like Celtic. Suggesting he has a big future ahead of him.
O’Connell will be gutted to see what’s happened at Bolton. I imagine he’ll of wanted to repay the faith shown in by him the club. However, he has a career to get on with. If clubs like Celtic are chasing him, you’ve got to take the opportunity and do well. Loyalty in football is always nice to see, in this situation it just wouldn’t make sense. Bolton is in a sad state, with or without Luca O’Connell. Wish the club the best with everything, pack your bags and head to Celtic Park – you might never get a better offer in your career.
The big question is whether he’s available on a free or not. Celtic think he is, Bolton doesn’t. The rule usually is if a player under the age of 21 is signed by another club on a free, they must pay a fee in compensation. I’m not sure exactly what the circumstances are in this deal, however, you think Celtic would just pay some sort of fee considering the current situation Bolton are in.
Either way, it’s looking a deal will be struck. That’s Bolton down to seven players I think, I’m not sure how they’re going to even field a team in August. Oh, and they start on -12 points. All I’ll say is, I’m pleased I’m not a Bolton fan.