Celtic midfielder Luca Connell has returned to Scottish League One side Queen’s Park on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old Republic Of Ireland youth international spent the second half of last season on loan at Queen’s Park and helped Queen’s win League Two. Head coach Laurie Ellis’ side – a full-time outfit – are pushing towards the top end of League One and have brought Connell back to aid efforts.

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The midfielder has left Celtic. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Connell joined Celtic from Bolton Wanderers in 2019 but he has been unable to break into the senior side at Parkhead. He could be available to play against Clyde on Saturday, Queen’s Park top of the table ahead of the trip to Broadwood. Connell featured in Celtic’s pre-season plans under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Head coach Laurie Ellis said: “We’ve been interested in bringing Luca back to the club for some time. He made a great contribution to our campaign last season and has great attributes to add to the squad. We are delighted he wants to be here and that the club have made it possible. He knows most of the group already and has settled in brilliantly.”

A statement adds: “Queen’s Park FC have today announced the loan signing from Celtic of 20-year-midfielder Luca Connell. Luca makes a welcome return to the club, having first signed on loan in March 2021 going on to make 11 appearances and scoring 3 goals in the Spiders’ march to the League 2 title.”

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