Young Celtic defender Lee O’Connor has picked up a national award, being named under 21 player of the year for Republic of Ireland, as reported by Irish website The42

O’Connor signed for the club on transfer deadline day last season, coming with a big reputation from his spell at previously club Manchester United.

The 20-year old was thought to be more of a centre back who could cover in the right fullback position. However, since joining the hoops he has primarily played at right back, captaining the reserve side.

He also spent the second half of last season out on loan at a poor Partick Thistle side, which was eventually relegated to League 1.

It would be fair to say that O’Connor has had a good year on the international stage not only for the Ireland under 21 side but also the senior side. He made his senior debut back in November against New Zealand.

We haven’t seen much of the young Irishman just yet, but good things have been said about him and to captain the reserve side during his first season at the club, must mean the coaching staff rate O’Connor.

It is likely he will be sent out on loan again this season, so it will be interesting to see more of what he can do playing regular football.