Former Real Madrid wonderkid Jack Harper has been talking up both Celtic and Rangers.
The midfielder is currently with second-tier Spanish side Alcorcon, and is currently on loan from Getafe. However, despite spending his youth and his playing days in Spain, Harper comes with Scottish roots.
His Scottish parents emigrated to Spain and he was born in Malaga. As well as that, his parents are apparently Rangers supporters. But Harper hasn’t decided to follow his parents’ hearts and join the Ibrox support.
And speaking in the Daily Record, Harper was happy to big up Celtic as well as Rangers, in a strong hint that he could be up for a move back to Scotland.
“People in Spain don’t know how important both teams in Glasgow are. Both Celtic and Rangers are mythical clubs – 60,000 fans go to the games.
“My parents are Rangers fans, I am a little more neutral. I like to watch the derbies for the passion and intensity but I do not choose a side.
“The league is becoming more powerful. I don’t think about it now. I have 12 years left in my career and anything can happen. In general the Scottish Premiership is beautiful, it has mythical teams.”
Jack Harper needs to do more to earn Celtic interest
Harper is clearly a good talent. At just 23, he has his entire career still effectively ahead of him. And it’s also clear he must do more than he has done to merit interest from the Hoops.
The striker has played eight games for Alcorcon this season, and has started just four of them. In addition to that, he’s yet to score for the Segunda Division side. Harper can also be featured down the right, but his primary position is as a number nine.
His most successful club spell came with Malaga, where he netted four goals in 24 appearances. That appeared to be enough for La Liga side Getafe to sign him in the summer before loaning him out to Alcorcon.
Harper likely won’t be leaving Getafe anytime soon considering he’s a new acquisition. But it’s difficult to look through his current CV and be too wowed.
Celtic haven’t even been credited with an official interest in the former Real Madrid man either. He still has plenty of work to do to gain it as well.
Harper hasn’t been capped yet by Scotland, but has played for the under-17s and under-19s. He’s also been called up for the under-21s in the past, but hasn’t managed to play. But as for a move to Parkhead? It looks a long shot at the moment.