Scotland attacker extends MLS deal despite Celtic ambitions

JOHNNY RUSSELL has signed a new deal with Sporting Kansas City, despite comments he made last year about a move to Celtic being his dream. The 30-year-old attacker was entering the final months of his deal but has now opted to extend it with a view to the European Championships this coming summer.

The former Dundee United and Derby County attacker is captain of the MLS outfit and earned their MVP status after an impressive season. He will now be contacted to the Missouri club until December 2021.

This decision will likely spell an end for Russell’s ambitions to play for his boyhood team, Celtic. Russell has been linked on more than one occasion but no deal has ever come into fruition.

Back in October 2019, Russell told Sportsound that he hoped a move to Celtic would come into fruition at some point.

“I hope so. Like I said I am happy where I am but I grew up a Celtic fan. I still am a Celtic fan.

“I grew up dreaming of that. Throughout my career I have always hoped it would happen. It hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully it does at some point but you never know.”

Russell isn’t better than what Celtic already have so it is no real loss to the club. He is, however, a dedicated pro that would have given everything for the club but he has decided to stay in the MLS.

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