Cork City have brought in Republic of Ireland underage international Barry Coffey on loan from Celtic until the end of the season.

Coffey moved to the Bhoys in the summer of 2017 after turning own a raft of top clubs who were all vying for his signature.

He played for Chelsea in a youth tournament and was offered trials by Manchester United and Manchester City but the Tipperary man opted to move to Parkhead.

The 20-year-old midfielder has yet to break into the Celtic first team and spent the first half of this year on loan at Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Irish Premiership.

He will now look to help the Leesiders rise up the First Division table after what has been a tough campaign. Cork City are second from bottom having played 16 games.

"I am very excited to be here," said Coffey. "I know [manager] Colin Healy well from the Irish set-up and that played a big part in me wanting to come to Cork City.

"It's a massive club and I know myself where this club belongs, so I want to play my part in trying to get the club back to where it should be."

Boss Healy, who spent five years at Celtic as a player and worked with Coffey when he was a coach with the Ireland U19s, said: "I'm very pleased to have Barry joining us for the rest of the season.

"We've been working hard over the last few weeks to identify players that we feel can add to the lads who are already here and I think Barry fits that bill."