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    Appears a 4 year deal confirmed according to Scottish Herald.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/sport...hester-united/

    He needed to get out of Man United. Another season in the under 23 league would have been no good. Just shameful that his agent waited until the last minute and rushed a deal. There’s no reason why a season long loan couldn’t have been arranged 2 months ago, lower division clubs would love to have a versatile player like O’Connor on their books. Celtic is better than nothing though so I’m relieved he got out before deadline, but if you’re not playing first team football in the SPL you’re not doing much up there so it’s concerning. Yet again, Celtic no doubt promised him the moon and the stars and a definitive route to first team. A theme thats becoming all too familiar for young irish players. Let’s see what happens in the next few months

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    Forster
    Elhamed Ajer Jullien Taylor
    Brown McGregor
    Forrest Christie Johnston
    Edouard

    Bain
    Bauer Bitton Simunovic Bolingoli
    Koussai Ntcham
    Shved Rogic Elyounoussi
    Bayo

    That would be something close to the first and second XIs for Celtic at the moment. Plus the likes of Griffiths and Hayes not even in those teams. Sinclair, Morgan and Arzani too. Also other highly rated youths like Okoflex, Dembele and the right back they've just signed from Man City there as well.

    These lads have a mountain to climb. Someone like Barry Coffey hasn't a hope.
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    On one hand, the league is so easy, it’s the perfect place for young players to break into the team cause they should win the league at a canter. So a manager can afford to make relatively brave decisions.


    Saying that; they’ve shown none of the right signs in bedding in the good young players, at least since since Rodgers left, and as plenty of people have mentioned, the Colts don’t have enough football to satisfy their young players, so if they aren’t breaking into the first team or out on loan, they’re effectively stagnating. So I would be worried.


    But in Okoflex, O’Connor, Afolabi and Connell they have four players who all have the potential and ability to be better than any player currently at the club. Obviously Dembele is another lad of the same calibre (but isn't Irish).


    They’d be smart to have a proper plan in place to aid their development, instead of stifling them by signing a host of mediocre players who will block them.


    Connell is a really versatile player. He stood out playing against teams who are as good as any non-Glasgow SPL team. Yet, he can’t get a look in, not even on the bench.


    Afolabi and Okoflex are no different.

    As for Barry Coffey, a year ago, he was considered almost at the same level as Jason Knight. He did well for the 17s last year and did very well at times for the 19s this year. He has a lot of hurdles to jump and he might need a transfer, but I wouldn't write him off.

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    Apologies if this has been reported elsewhere, appears Leicester have picked up Darragh O’Connor, a young centre half from Wexford...

    https://www.lcfc.com/news/1327831/ir.../press-release

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    Jack Clarke and Tyreik Wright playing for Villa U23s tonight in the FA Trophy.
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Teams have announced their UEFA Youth League squad
    Gavin Bazunu, Joe Hodge, and Timi Sobwale are included in Man City's squad: https://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague...445--man-city/
    Tyreke Wilson is a month overage for the tournament this year
    Troy Parrot is in Spur's squad: https://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague...83--tottenham/
    Ryan Johansson was named by Bayern in their team: https://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague...05443--bayern/
    and under 18 call up George Nunn is in Chelsea's squad: https://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague...5446--chelsea/
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    No Parrott for Spurs, no Connolly for Brighton and, interestingly, no Will Smallbone for Southampton tonight in the U23s

    Meanwhile Yassine En-Neyah scored again for Nottingham Forest earlier this week as they beat an Ipswich team that featured Cotter, Ndaba and a recovering Will Keane: https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/n...est-under-23s/

    And last week Nathan Carlyle scored for QPR U23s as they drew with Sheffield Wednesday: https://www.qpr.co.uk/fixtures/under...ednesday-u23s/

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    Was surprised that there was no sign of Will Smallbone in the Under 21 squad. Overage now for the Under 19s. Seems to be getting closer to the first team picture at Southampton.

    Hopefully he's still committed to us as his national team.
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    Regba with a goal against arsenal 23s today, mceneff playing for arsenal

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    No Smallbone in Southampton squad.

    Connolly on bench and Maupay and Murray start so hopefully is involved.

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    Molumby starts for Millwall away to Blackburn (who have Williams, Cunningham and Lenihan starting).

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    Idah on the barebones bench for Norwich, alongside 2 goalkeepers!

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    Anthony Scully with a brace today for West Ham against West Brom - that's five in his last four: https://www.premierleague.com/match/...am-v-west-brom

    Kian Flanagan scored for Palace U23s against Bolton: https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/1173670691322904576

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    Quote Originally Posted by samhaydenjr View Post
    Anthony Scully with a brace today for West Ham against West Brom - that's five in his last four: https://www.premierleague.com/match/...am-v-west-brom

    Kian Flanagan scored for Palace U23s against Bolton: https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/1173670691322904576
    Fantastic to see Scully getting games he seemed to have been off the radar for last 2 seasons. Would have thought Flanagan might have got a loan move at this stage

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    I note Nathan Collins is back playing with the U23s. Being eased back following injury or Jones opting for experience as he tries to save himself from whats looking like an ever so likely sack? It’s a pity stoke aren’t doing well, uncertain times for a raw 18 year old center half with managers (be it Jones or his replacement) under pressure for quick results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    I note Nathan Collins is back playing with the U23s. Being eased back following injury or Jones opting for experience as he tries to save himself from whats looking like an ever so likely sack? It’s a pity stoke aren’t doing well, uncertain times for a raw 18 year old center half with managers (be it Jones or his replacement) under pressure for quick results.
    If you are going to have to rely on an 18 year old centre half to keep you in a job then = don’t take the job . It wouldn’t matter if he was Diego Maradona

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    Andrew Omobamidele came on for Norwich's U21 side against Portsmouth in the Football League trophy at the weekend
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    O'Connor and Afolabi appeared for Celtic's academy side in a friendly against Hibs earlier today: http://www.celticfc.net/news/16813
    Both seem to have done well

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    O'Connor and Afolabi appeared for Celtic's academy side in a friendly against Hibs earlier today: http://www.celticfc.net/news/16813
    Both seem to have done well
    Connell seems to have fallen in to a black hole there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razors left peg View Post
    Connell seems to have fallen in to a black hole there!
    He was name checked by Lennon as been injured with a quad strain

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