Republic of Ireland international defender Lee O'Connor will spend next season in League Two after moving to Tranmere Rovers on loan from Celtic.

The 20-year-old, who made his Boys in Green senior debut last November in a friendly against New Zealand, was named FAI Under-21 Player of the Year earlier this month after playing a key role in Stephen Kenny's underage set-up. 

The Waterford native had signed for Celtic from Manchester United last year and will now further his development in the English fourth tier. Tranmere were relegated last season after League One was decided on a points per game basis.

O'Connor previously spent time on loan at Partick Thistle in the Scottish Championship from January until football was suspended in Scotland due to the coronavirus in March.

"I am happy the move is now over the line. It is a massive football club, the conversations I have had with the gaffer, the plans are very intriguing, and you know straight away how he wants to play," he told the Tranmere official website.

"I spent a long time with Manchester United, so I know the north west well. I can't wait for the league to start and hopefully I can help the club achieve what they want to achieve.

"I have learnt a lot from my time at Manchester United, Celtic and playing international football, and I am looking to use that experience to help me push on at Tranmere Rovers."

Tranmere boss Mike Jackson feels the Irish player's style of play will suit his side's approach.

"There is no secret we have needed a full-back in the building. First of all, I would like to thank Celtic for allowing us to sign their player on loan and we are delighted to have him in," he said.

"He is a young lad with an excellent pedigree, and we are looking forward to him. He has a lot of ability, he is good on the ball, he will fit into the group well. He fits the way we want to play."

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