Celtic are set to offer Eoghan O’Connell a new contract to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.

The 20-year-old centre-back is currently on loan at his hometown side Cork City and has impressed since joining the Irish League side on loan two weeks ago.

O’Connell scored the third goal in a 4-0 win on his debut for Cork City in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.

As quoted by Goal, the Cork manager, John Caulfield said:

The big thing about it is that he has a year-and-a-half to go at Celtic, they want to extend his contract and he’s already played first-team games for them.

He’s a Cork lad, plus the fact that he’s bursting to play for us is fantastic. From that point of view, he’s a serious player.

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A short-term loan to Oldham was cut short after picking up an injury in training for the League One club and made just two appearances for the Latics.

He returned to Celtic Park in November to receive treatment for the injury and made his comeback for the development squad in January but couldn’t break into the first-team.

The Irishman made his debut in 2014 having come through the academy and his only appearance this season for Celtic came against Dundee United at the end of August.