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Former USA international explains why Mark McKenzie should not join Celtic


Former USA international explains why Mark McKenzie should not join Celtic

Celtic have recently been linked with a move for American talent Mark McKenzie. The Daily Record reported last month that the Bhoys are hoping to sign the Philadelphia Union centre-back for a fee that could be less than £1 million. 

It would be an eye-catching deal for the Scottish champions and act as a perfect replacement for Jozo Simunovic. 

However, one former US international is firmly against McKenzie making a move to Celtic. 

Charlie Davies, whose career was unfortunately interrupted by a serious car accident, stated his belief that McKenzie would be better off in Germany, Belgium or France. 


“Celtic, the reason why I don’t think it would be a good place for him is because the quality of the league is poor, considering the other leagues in Europe,” Davies explained to “It’s just long ball. Get the ball and send it long. The playing aspect is not the same when comparing it to the La Liga, Prem(ier League), Bundesliga, Ligue 1. It is quite the drop-off. 

“I think he needs to be playing quality competition every week and playing against different types of players.”

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Davies even mentioned Anderlecht as a better option, highlighting their potential European football as a reason to make the move, despite the Brussels club not qualifying for Europe last season. 

Celtic fans will, therefore, rightly take issue with Davies’ comments and they have a fairly good argument. 

Celtic could offer McKenzie a chance to challenge for silverware, play good football under Neil Lennon and feature in Europe. 

Forging yourself as a central defender in Europe at Parkhead certainly worked for Virgil van Dijk, now considered the best in the world, so McKenzie does not need to look far for inspiration to join the Glasgow club. 

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