Brendan Rodgers keen to send Eoghan O'Connell out on loan

Brendan Rodgers keen to send Eoghan O'Connell out on loan

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is looking to get Eoghan O'Connell out on loan in January.

The Irish centre-back made seven appearances earlier in the season but has not played for two months following the return from injury of Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko.

Rodgers is keen to ensure the 21-year-old continues to develop and Kilmarnock are believed to be interested in taking him to Rugby Park.

Rodgers said: "We have had a couple of enquiries for Eoghan in terms of a loan. I think he's a young player that needs to play games.

"There's a few clubs that are interested in him so we will see.

"He did very well in pre-season but the team has changed and he is not getting so much game time. So if he can get out on loan that will give him the game time he needs to develop."

Dedryck Boyata was preferred to O'Connell at Rugby Park on Friday night as the Belgian made his first appearance under Rodgers with Kolo Toure and Simunovic not risked as they work their way back from injury.

The Belgian helped Celtic keep a seventh consecutive domestic clean sheet as they won 1-0 but Rodgers noted some slackness in his passing.

"I thought he did well," the Celtic manager said. "He had two mistakes in the first half. I said to him it's one of the areas he needs to brush up on his game. But in the main he was very good.

"The issues came when we were building play. In that pitch, if you're half an inch out with your pass the ball flies away from you. When we give it away in our half, it's a problem.

"But in the main I thought he defended well, the first full game for the first team for a long time. That's a big credit to him because he has been working and fighting away.

"It's a demonstration of how hard he is working in training."


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