Celtic defender Manny Perez has spoken of how eager he is to play for the Hoops, with work permit issues keeping him from turning out for the Parkhead side.
The 21-year-old joined Celtic in January 2019, having represented the United at Under-20 level and being named Player of the Year in the USA Soccer Development Academy.
Perez was immediately loaned out to USL Championship side North Carolina FC to continue his development, and has just finished a second campaign for the American second-tier side.
Red-tape issues have prevented him from being able to play for Celtic thus far but the right-back is hoping these can be resolved soon and he can begin making a name for himself at Parkhead.
“If I could get there tomorrow then I would get a flight,” Perez told the Scottish Sun. “It would be a dream come true for me.
“I’m in love with Celtic. We have the best fans in the world. I have a Celtic TV account, so I’ve been keeping up with the games.
“If I can get my permit to go through, we can just move forward from there. My agent and I are trying to sort things out, and have been in constant communication with the club.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to work it out soon. Our season ended about a week ago, so we’re just trying to get myself over there.”
Perez joined alongside fellow American Andrew Gutman on deadline day in the January 2019 transfer window, but nearly two years on, we’ve heard little about either player.
However, it’s great to hear Perez speak so highly of the Hoops, and hopefully, once these work permit issues are resolved, he can finally begin his journey in the green and white hoops.