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    Wasps bring in young Celts 

    Friday, July 03, 2015 3:21:29 PM

    Alloa Athletic are delighted to confirm that Connor McManus and Michael Duffy, both highly rated players with the Celtic Academy will be joining the club on loan for the start of the new season.

    Connor McManus joined the Celtic Youth Academy in 2005 and has progressed since then throughout the age levels. Usually operating in central midfield, the teenager is also comfortable dropping back into central defence.  Since breaking into the Under-20s, the young Celt has featured prominently, helping the squad to a fifth consecutive league title. The youngster would then become a YouTube sensation after his starring role in the UEFA Youth League, saw him score arguably the goal of the tournament - a spectacular 40-yard lob against AC Milan. Having struggled with injuries throughout the 2014/15 season, McManus returned in fine form to the Celtic midfield. The captain would play an important role in the final of the Scottish Youth Cup as Celtic ran out 5-2 winners against city rivals Rangers.

    Michael Duffy is a highly-rated attacker  who joined Celtic on transfer deadline day – February 2, 2015 – from Derry City following a successful trial period at the club, putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract. After rising through the ranks at the Candystripes, Duffy made his first-team bow in the summer of 2012 and bagged his first goal the subsequent season against Shelbourne. The 20-year-old rose to prominence during a stellar 2014 season in which he found the net 16 times in all competitions for his hometown club. His fantastic form earned him a call-up to Northern Ireland Under-21s, with Duffy collecting his first cap last September against Serbia.

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