Celtic kid Lee O'Connor has been called up to Republic of Ireland's first-team set-up.

The former Manchester United defender is yet to feature for Celtic's first-team since his move north on deadline day.

However Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has still decided to call on him to join the likes of Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark and Kevin Long in defence.

Suspended for the under-21s squad for their game against Armenia, O'Connor will have a friendly against New Zealand for the 'A' team to impress before heading back to the youngsters to play Sweden.

McCarthy said: "With Lee suspended for the first of the two Under-21 matches, this is the perfect opportunity to have a look at him in the friendly, introduce him to senior international football and see how he gets on. 

"I’ve been impressed with him for the 21s and I know how important he is to them for that Sweden game so this is a win-win for all concerned."