He only arrived on loan from Celtic last week – but Luca Connell was happy to play his part in a historic day at Hampden Park for Queen’s Park.

The Irish youth international won Man of the Match for his performance in a 3-0 League Two win over Stranraer on Saturday. It was the Spiders’ final league match at the national stadium before moving to Lesser Hampden and Connell shone, having arrived in Mount Florida from Celtic on loan 48 hours prior to kick-off.

The Celtic loanee was Man of the Match at the weekend.

The Celtic loanee was Man of the Match at the weekend. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Now with a sizeable gap at the top of League Two, the Celtic loanee was happy with how his return to action panned out: “I am ecstatic, I am happy, but mainly it’s just good to be back out there. It was great to chip in with an assist and stuff like but I am just happy to be back out there playing again.

“I have only had a short time with the lads but the coaches said to me ‘just put it in the area’ and luckily someone was there to put it in. A great ball, and a great finish! I am looking forward to this.

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“I couldn’t ask for a better start. We are top of the league and five points clear. Our job is to maintain that, make the gap a bit bigger and hopefully get the title at the end of the season.

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Aiming for the League Two title. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“It was good to play at Hampden. The pitch is big so it’s nice as you are able to pass the ball and you can move around. But when it gets scrappy, you have to dig in. It’s good to be back.”

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