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# Family affair
Paul O'Connell's cousin Eoghan makes Celtic league debut
The defender was in the champions’ starting line-up against Ross County today.

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FOUR HOURS BEFORE his cousin took to the pitch at Lansdowne Road, Eoghan O’Connell is made his league debut for Celtic.

The defender (wearing the No.34 jersey in the picture above) was named in the Scottish champions’ starting line-up for their league clash with Ross County at Parkhead this afternoon. Fellow Irishman Anthony Stokes led the Celtic line as they drew 1-1 with their guests. Celtic fell behind to a Melvin de Leeuw goal before Kris Commons struck back.

O’Connell has been named in the Munster XV for this evening’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash with Leinster. The Irish rugby captain has praised the 18-year-old centre-back for his rapid rise to the Celtic first team and, in February, expressed his desire to pay a visit to watch him play at Parkhead in the near future.

Paul O'Connell Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

O’Connell, from Ballinlough in Cork, made his first team debut three months ago in a mid-season exhibition tournament in Turkey. The teenager has strong GAA links too, having lined out for Black [hurling] and St Michael’s [football] in his formative years.

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