14 Aug 2022

Falcarragh delight as Aidan Cannon pens three-year pro contract at Celtic

Sixteen-year-old Aidan Cannon is the son of Joe from the Cottages in Falcarragh and is one of nine graduates from the Celtic Academy to sign a professional contract with the Scottish champions

Falcarragh delight as Aidan Cannon pens three-year pro contract at Celtic

Celtic Park and, inset, Aidan Cannon signs his professional contract

Falcarragh is bouncing with pride with the news that 16-year-old Aidan Cannon has signed a three-year professional contract at Celtic.

Cannon is from Aikenhead Road in Glasgow and the son of Falcarragh native Joe Cannon - who left the Cottages in Falcarragh to work in Scotland - and the grandson of Patrick and Gertie.

“The family come to Falcarragh every summer and would watch games in the Shamrock Bar,” Hugh Sharkey, the chairman of the Falcarragh Celtic Supporters' Club, told DonegalLive. “They’re good Celtic people and we’re delighted for Aidan.”

A Republic of Ireland Under-16 international, striker Cannon originally joined the Scottish champions’ academy in July 2016 and is one of nine graduates to earn professional contracts, along with Aiden Haddow, Colby Donovan, Thomas Hatton, Josh Dede, Daniel Cummings, Kyle Ure, Eseosa Sule and Mitchel Frame.

They hope to follow in the pathway that saw current captain Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Jack Hendry, Anthony Ralston, Michael Johnston, Stephen Welsh and Kieran Tierney - now with Arsenal - have taken towards the Parkhead club’s first team.

Head of the Celtic Youth Academy Chris McCart told the club’s official website: “Congratulations to all of our young graduates who have signed their first professional contract with Celtic this summer. This is a very proud moment for all the players and their families.

“This current group have all attended our partnership performance school, St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch.  All of our staff who have worked with these players over the years, take a real pride in following the players’ development pathway through each age and stage on their journey at Celtic. It is important that we acknowledge the dedication of our staff to deliver their very best for each individual player.

“The importance of applying yourself in all that you do has been most apparent throughout all the players’ time in our programme and our advice to every player is that commitment to learning must continue.”

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