Celtic are reportedly interested in 21-year old Philadelphia Union central defender, Mark McKenzie.

Being reported by MLS Soccer website, they claim that ESPN’s Taylor Twellman has said there is significant interest in the young American.

McKenzie and the Philadelphia Union recently returned to action, in the ‘MLS is Back tournament’, group A match, in which they faced off against New York City FC. Of course, as many will know former manager Ronny Deila is currently managing NYCFC and is joined alongside former winger Gary-Mackay Stevens.

Twellman has claimed that the club’s scouts are ‘all over’ McKenzie, keeping a very close eye on his progress.

The defender is a highly rated player within the USA international set-up, making his way through the youth teams, before wearing the captain’s armband for his nation at the under 20s World Cup last year, which was held in Poland.

During his breakout year in 2018, he made 23 appearances for the club and has been a regular ever since. Currently, his contract runs until 2022, but the club have an option to extend until 2024.

This would be an interesting deal for Celtic, as it would be a different market that we haven’t had much experience in before. With the club in need of a centre back it could be a move that Neil Lennon could make, if the scouts have glowing reports on McKenzie as a player.


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