Celtic starlet Luca Connell could be set for a move back down south, with talks between the Glasgow giants and Sunderland taking place over a loan deal for the midfielder.

Connell has developed well since signing from Bolton Wanderers last year but the Celtic gaffer wants the 18 year old to gain some valuable first team experience as the Hoops are overloaded in the midfield area this season.

Luca Connell

Sunderland are looking to launch a promotion charge from League One over the second half of the campaign, which would give the teenager the chance to be a part of a something special.

Luca is rated very highly at Celtic and is considered as a potential key player for the Hoops in the future and game time will be needed to further his Celtic career.

Many Celtic players from the past and present have thrived when being sent out to ply their trade on loan so no matter where Connell is sent, he must use any move as his shot to impress Lennon for selection next season.