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'Yeah': £1m-rated 'Rolls Royce' says he's open to Celtic move in January

Reported Celtic target Mark McKenzie has told Sky Sports that he’s open to a move to Parkhead next year.

The United States international defender was said to be the subject of discussions between the Hoops and Philadelphia Union in the summer over a potential move.

In the end, Celtic opted to sign Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton for a reported £2million fee, though the Irishman’s displays have split opinion amongst the Bhoys supporters.

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According to Sky Sports, Celtic are looking for another centre-back in January and McKenzie is high up on their list of targets again.

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However, there could be a lot more competition for the 21-year-old, who is apparently also attracting interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga.

Asked if he would consider a move to Celtic in the January transfer window, McKenzie told Sky Sports: “Yeah, ultimately it’s about the situation being right for all parties.

“As the player you are probably the most important piece in the puzzle, but it’s about making sure it’s right for the club I’m at now but also the club I could potentially be going to.

“I want to be playing regular and consistent minutes – at least fighting for my spot and then trying to keep that spot. That’s the most important thing.

“It’s something I’ve obviously talked to my agents about and talked to the club and staff about and make sure it’s right for everyone.

“I’ve done my fair share of research (on Celtic and the Scottish Premiership) and I’ve always loved football so I’ve known about Celtic for a while.

“You hear about Celtic and the path of Virgil Van Dijk – going from there to the Prem.

“I’m no dummy when it comes to understanding the leagues. I have a general idea of what the leagues look like and keeping up with who is at the front of the pack in the league race and tournaments.

“I know about Celtic and the league – and a lot of other leagues. But it’s an exciting time, though.”

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McKenzie is a talented young defender who has impressed in the MLS and looks ready for a step up across the pond.

Iain Munro, who has worked with Union’s academy for over a decade and has seen the likes of Christian Pulisic prosper in Europe, rates the £1million defender highly.

“Mark is a talented kid,” he is quoted by the Daily Record as saying. “Coming through at the academy, you could see then that he had great pace and athleticism. Nobody could outrun him.

“He continues to improve all the time. He’s a smart boy and a fantastic athlete. He listens well and is very coachable.

“We’ve had the likes of (Zack) Steffen and Pulisic progress through the academy and done very well for themselves. Mark can go on to play at a high level as well – he’s a Rolls-Royce of a player.”

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