MARK MCKENZIE has admitted he dreams of playing in Europe, opening the door on a move to Celtic. The Philadelphia Union defender has been linked with Celtic following his breakthrough in the MLS and has now stated that he sees himself switching the U.S. for Europe – as reported by Record Sport.
“As a kid, you dream of playing at the top clubs in the world. Playing in top leagues and in Champions League and whatnot.
“It’s always a blessing to be able to draw interest from clubs in Europe.”
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.