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Opinion: Celtic should sign reported target – even if key man stays

Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic are eyeing a potential move for Philadelphia Union defender Mark McKenzie, according to the Daily Record.

The Hoops will need to sign new defenders this summer in order to replace the departed Jozo Simunovic .

Key Celtic centre-half Kristoffer Ajer has also been linked with an exit after impressing in Neil Lennon’s first team.

The fallen European football giants are set to have a summer overhaul as they look to improve their fortunes following years of underachievement.

Celtic will need to make some quality signings given that they will be aiming for a record tenth consecutive Scottish Premiership crown next season.

McKenzie has impressed for Union since bursting onto the scene with them in 2018.

His consistent displays in MLS led to him making his United States debut in February during a friendly match against Costa Rica.

A move to the Scottish Premiership could be beneficial to McKenzie’s career. He is now at a stage where he needs to leave MLS.

Whilst the MLS is a decent place for one to start their career and end it- it is not conducive to player growth given that it is not exactly an elite league.


A move to Celtic could allow McKenzie to develop further and play against more seasoned professionals.

This could serve him well as he looks to become a first-team regular for the United States – with a view to playing a big role in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

For Celtic, landing another international-calire centre-half would make sense – regardless of whether Ajer leaves or not.

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