Celtic youngster Cameron Harper is set to be offered a new deal, according to the Daily Record.
Harper made his first-team debut under difficult circumstances on Monday night. The USMNT U-20 star gave it his all on a trying night against Hibs, but was forced into an unnatural position with no recognised strikers available.
With interest supposedly building for the youngster, Celtic will need to act fast to ensure Harper stays beyond the summer. The Bhoys have already sewn up new deals for Ewan Otoo and Owen Moffat, Harper’s Colt colleagues.
The expectations in the US are that Harper is a star in the making. Football fans stateside were incredibly harsh with their review of the young winger following the Hibs draw. The comments made by US media outlets show the pressure Harper is under from his homeland.
Celtic fans have been excited about Cameron Harper for months. At the start of December, Harper’s displays in the City of Glasgow Cup won several admiring glances.
California dreaming for Celtic fans, with Cameron Harper in future plans
Celtic lack width in the first-team, with James Forrest missing most the season. Ryan Christie has deputised when Neil Lennon has played attacking wingers, but he’s not a natural wide player.
With the likes of Oko-Flex and Dembélé vying for a place in Celtic’s first-team, there’s certainly competition in the youth ranks. However, Harper’s impressive training performances and development have shot the Californian up the pecking order.
Born in Sacramento to Celtic-daft Scottish parents, Harper has had an unorthodox route to the Bhoys’ first-team. While he hasn’t been able to show much under the Parkhead lights, there’s real optimism about the American wonderkid.
A new contract, then, is paramount to that development. Harper seems happy at Celtic, with the knowledge that he’s knocking on Neil Lennon’s door with his training performances and youth team displays.
Here’s hoping Harper sees his long-term development at Celtic. We need good news, and the winger extending his contract beyond the summer would be just that.