Celtic face stiff competition for the signature of long-standing target Mark McKenzie of Philadelphia Union, according to the MLS club’s sporting director Ernst Tanner.
Celtic have reportedly been interested in the 21-year-old defender for a while, but this summer they ended up signing Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion for a fee of £2 million instead. Tanner confirmed to Sky Sports that the talks between Union and Celtic had been held, and Celtic apparently remain interested for the deal to take place in the near future.
However, Tanner also said that the Hoops aren’t the only club to have expressed an interest in McKenzie, and that there have been inquiries from the Premier League and the Bundesliga as well.
McKenzie came through the ranks at the Union academy and having had numerous loan spells, he has played 26 matches for the club in all competitions in 2020, scoring twice and assisting once. He is reportedly waiting for a move away from Philadelphia to happen but remains focused on his game for the moment.
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