CELTIC have had a $3m bid for Mark McKenzie rejected according to US journalist Kristian Dyer. The Sports Illustrated reporter claimed that the Scottish Champions had tabled a bid which could rise by a further million turned down by Philadelphia Union.
— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) November 27, 2020
Celtic’s defensive woes have been widely exposed recently conceding heavily as speculation has intensified about the future of Neil Lennon as manager. They do have Kris Ajer, Christopher Jullien and Shane Duffy at their disposal so it is likely that a move would be for next season – preparing for interest in Ajer and Duffy’s loan ending.
McKenzie has a contract until 2022 with an option of a further two years meaning that should any deal transpire, Celtic would have to pay a fee to lure him away. However, as he is just 21-years-old, he may fancy a move to Europe with the prospect of Celtic offering him a platform to play in Europe and compete for trophies.
Celtic have previously signed two promising MLS starlets – Manny Perez and Andrew Gutman with the pair yet to feature. The MLS is becoming an emerging talent pool for Scottish clubs as they use their locality to South America to pick up promising talents. Homegrown talent like McKenzie are showcased in matches with certain quotas needing fulfilled of local players, allowing them to use their platform for a move to a bigger league.