Irish defender Lee O’Connor leaves Celtic on loan


Republic of Ireland international defender Lee O’Connor will spend next season in League Two after joining Tranmere Rovers on loan from Celtic.

The 20-year-old, who made his senior debut for Boys in Green last November in a friendly against New Zealand, was named FAI Under-21 Player of the Year earlier this month- here after playing a key role in the formation of Stephen Kenny’s miners.

The Waterford native signed for Celtic from Manchester United last year and will now continue his development in the English fourth tier. Tranmere were relegated last season after League One was decided on a points-per-game basis.

O’Connor previously spent time on loan at Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership from January until football was suspended in Scotland due to coronavirus in March.

“I’m happy the move is now complete. It’s a huge football club, the conversations I’ve had with the gaffer, the plans are very intriguing, and you know right away how he wants to play,” he said. he told Tranmere. official site.

“I spent a lot of time with Manchester United so I know the North West well. I can’t wait for the league to start and hopefully I can help the club achieve what they want to achieve.

“I learned a lot from my time at Manchester United, Celtic and playing international football, and I’m looking to use that experience to help me continue at Tranmere Rovers.”

Tranmere boss Mike Jackson believes the Irish player’s style of play will suit his side’s approach.

“It’s no secret that we needed a full-back in the building. First of all I would like to thank Celtic for allowing us to sign their player on loan and we are delighted to have him. “, did he declare.

“He’s a young lad with a great pedigree, and we’re looking forward to him. He’s got a lot of ability, he’s good on the ball, he’ll fit in well in the squad. He fits the way we want player. “

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