Cameron Harper was thought to be one of the better talents in the Celtic academy over the past few years since coming to Glasgow from the United States.
In January though, Harper returned back to his homeland with New York Red bulls and recently has spoken to the US club’s official website about some of the reasons he decided to make the return, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Obviously Celtic are in a bit of a rebuild because they haven’t been the best this year.
“Some of the older guys are on the way out, but I felt like I developed really well there in three years and I felt like I learned a lot of things there, and got coached by some great coaches.
“But when I spoke to Red Bull and Kevin Thelwell, his plan for me fit exactly what I envisioned for me in the next few years of my career.
“My mom was on the Zoom call, my dad was on the Zoom call, and obviously they are a bit more wise than I am and they were giving me reasons why they thought it was a great idea.
“It felt right. It felt like they like young, dynamic players who are able to things further up the field and that’s what I think fits my style.
“At Celtic, it can sometimes be hard to breakthrough.
“You only get so many chances, especially in a team that have to win every game, so when I spoke to Kev everything sounded good.
“At my age I need opportunities and they (New York) were very honest with me and said I would get my opportunity if I play well in training, and that’s all you can ask for.
“It’s really good for me. I was obviously with the first team for a little bit and then things went a little bit sour, so I was back in the reserves, but I’m happy to be back with the first-team.”
Harper made his solitary start for the Hoops in January against Hibernian during the point that 13 first team-players were forced to self isolate after the club’s trip to Dubai.
Sadly, this was the one and only chance we got to see a talent like Harper in the first-team before making his move back home.
This year, in particular, has been a disappointing one when it comes to the youth players, due to several moving on elsewhere across the world.