Celtic brought Connell north last summer but as others have found out breaking into the Celtic midfield is no easy task with Nir Bitton, Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic struggling to displace Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.
— Sunderland Echo SAFC (@sunechosafc) January 31, 2020
It should have been fairly straightforward to sort out a loan deal with Sunderland, Connell’s old boss at Bolton, Phil Parkinson is now in charge at the Stadium of Light.
As Thursday turned into Friday there was no word of a deal for Connell, loan moves were being confirmed throughout the day on Sky Sports News but there was no sign of Connell moving out.
Saturday’s Twitter has been unable to shed any light on Connell’s whereabouts, perhaps a loan deal to Scandinavia could be arranged, Kundai Benyu moved to Helsingborgs a year ago but for whatever reasons Connell won’t be turning out for Sunderland or Barnsley this season.