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CELTIC IN £1m DEFENDER LINK

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CELTIC have been linked with top USA prospect Mark McKenzie.

The 21-year-old Philadelphia Union central defender has been brought to the attention of boss Neil Lennon as he prepares his squad for the historic tilt at 10 titles in a row.

The Hoops boss is looking to strengthen his back-four options after Jozo Simunovic, Jonny Hayes and Calvin Miller left the club at the end of their contracts last month.

McKenzie has impressed when the Parkhead have monitored his progress and Lennon understands the asking price will be around the £1million mark, according to a report in the Daily Record.

The versatile centre-back, who captained his country during the 2020 Under-20 World Cup Finals in Poland, has risen through the ranks of the American national set-up and was handed a first senior cap five months ago.

He has caught the eye for his club Union in the MLS since his debut in 2018 and can also operate in the left-back slot.

New Yorker McKenzie has a year-and-a-half to run on his current deal, but is reported to be open to a move to Europe.

He said: “We are overwhelmed by the support and it’s something we don’t take for granted.

“It is huge inspiration for the players. Even though the supporters might not be there initially they are still with us.”

 
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