Scottish champions Celtic are interested in signing Bolton Wanderers midfielder Luca Connell, according to The Bolton News

The 18-year-old is highly-rated at the University of Bolton Stadium, having broken into the first-team in January 2019.

The Trotters are at risk of losing their prized assets this summer as financial uncertainty continues to surround the club. Now a League One club following relegation, Phil Parkinson’s side are in the midst of a fight to retain talent and already appear resigned to losing defender Harry Brockbank.

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However, they would be able to demand a fee for Connell, who has had his scholarship extended by 12 months.

The Liverpool-born prodigy represents the Republic of Ireland at under-19 level and would surely play a key role in Bolton’s third tier campaign if he was to stay with the Trotters.

However, Hoops boss Neil Lennon will see Connell as a player that could help the Scottish giants clinch their eighth consecutive league title next season.

In the midst of uncertainty regarding Bolton’s financial plight and transfer rumours, the recent announcement that administrators have found a preferred owner will have given disheartened supporters something to cheer about.

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The club released a list of contracted players yesterday, which contained just fourteen names, highlighting the need for savvy transfer dealings before competitive action returns to the University of Bolton Stadium.

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