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Philadelphia Union chief says Celtic to face stiff competition for Mark McKenzie

Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner has told Sky Sports News that Celtic aren’t the only club interested in signing defender Mark McKenzie when the transfer window reopens.

The Hoops are keen to sign the centre-back and were actively pursuing him before signing Shane Duffy from Brighton during the summer.

Celtic are keen to add another central defender to their ranks and the United States international is thought to be on their list of targets.

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McKenzie has played 26 games in all competitions in the MLS during 2020, scoring two goals.

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The 21-year-old is a highly-rated defender but it would seem Celtic will face stiff competition for his signature.

Tanner has been quizzed on McKenzie’s future and it would seem the Hoops aren’t the only interested party.

He told Sky Sports News: “It’s not necessarily going to be Celtic.

“There is a German league club and other European leagues going for the player. Some of the Premier League clubs are observing him.”

“We don’t need to force a transfer. Mark has really stepped up during the season and he is ready to go. He could stay here for another year or half-year.”

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McKenzie has showcased his potential during the last 12 months with Philadelphia Union, helping them to top the Eastern Conference.

Celtic added Duffy to their ranks in the summer and after a strong start, his form has gone backwards.

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The Republic of Ireland international isn’t a long-term fix and McKenzie boasts bags of potential.

With Kristoffer Ajer constantly attracting admiring glances from Europe, he might not be at Celtic for long.

With that in mind, the American enforcer could be a shrewd addition for the Hoops and they should act fast.

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