Where Wrexham are the same as Celtic with Hollywood-backed club sharing one thing in common with Hoops

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Wrexham have been compared to Celtic as the promoted club go global.

A Wrexham star has pulled back the curtain on how the Hollywood-backed club are just like Celtic on one aspect.

Eoghan O'Connell was once a Parkhead prospect and made senior appearances for Celtic before leaving permanently in 2017. He has since established himself as a reliable centre-back in the EFL with Bury, Rochdale, Charlton Athletic and Wrexham, who have been promoted to League One from the division below after winning the National League last season.

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The Welsh club have become a major football talking point in recent seasons thanks to the ownership of Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, buoyed by the ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ series on Disney+. Now the Irish defender has revealed how the club’s new-found global appeal has them on par with Celtic when it comes to away day followings.

He told the Athletic: “This club can become as big as it wants. Wrexham are global. That hit us all in the summer, when we were in North Carolina playing Chelsea (in a pre-season friendly).

"I remember being in the tunnel before the warm-up. They went out and there was a little roar. We then went out and the place really lifted. That’s why I say it is a global club.

"I also think back to Halifax away last year and the numbers we took [4,500 fans made the trip]. We got beat but I remember thinking in the warm-up it was similar to a Celtic away day when I was there as a younger player. I do think with the fanbase, the people involved running the club and the owners, the world is your oyster, really.”

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