Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Luka Connell has been released by Celtic who were recently crowned the Scottish Premiership champions after they wrestled the title from the hands of Old Firm Derby rivals Rangers. Connell joined Bolton Wanderers at Under-9 level and he rose through the ranks at the League One club before breaking into the first team during the 2018/19 season. Phil Parkinson was the Bolton Wanderers manager when the midfielder made his first team breakthrough.

Connell was given an invitation to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad on the back of his impressive displays for Bolton in the English Championship. Afterwards, Scottish club Celtic came for his services. He joined Celtic for a small transfer fee amidst the administration problems at the club.

Since signing for the newly crowned Scottish Premiership champions, Connell has not played a single game for them. He has not appeared for Celtic in a competitive game. The 21-year-old midfielder has not been able to break into the first team at Celtic just like he did at Bolton Wanderers. As a matter of fact, he’s far away from the first team picture under manager Ange Postecoglou. He spent the latest season on loan at Queen’s Park as he helped the club secure successive promotion from League One to the Championship. Connell has impressed a great deal under his manager, Owen Coyle. Connell scored seven times in 31 games for the Spiders as his team overcameAirdrie in the playoff final to seal their place in the Championship for next season.

Connell is a free agent this summer after Celtic failed to exercise the one-year extension option in his contract with them as reported by the Scottish Daily Express. Celtic have not made the news of his imminent exit official, but the player is already looking at his options.