Retired MLS veteran Charlie Davies has slammed the idea of Mark McKenzie moving from the MLS to Celtic.
McKenzie this week opened the door for a potential switch to Parkhead from Philadelphia Union, with the Daily Record stating that the player is on the club’s radar.
Davies, however, who had a rather unimaginative career himself, has strongly advised his compatriot not to make the move to Scotland with a rather pitiful and uneducated reason as to why.
Speaking to MLSSoccer.com, here’s what the former USA international had to say:
“Celtic, the reason why I don’t think it would be a good place for him is because the quality of the league is poor, considering the other leagues in Europe.
“It’s just long ball. Get the ball and send it long. The playing aspect is not the same when comparing it to the La Liga, Prem(ier League), Bundesliga, Ligue 1. It is quite the drop-off.
“I think he needs to be playing quality competition every week and playing against different types of players.”
Davies not budging from the stereotypical view
It’s quite clear from listening to Davies’ words here that he doesn’t watch one ounce of Scottish football. After all, can you honestly say that the likes of Hibernian, Motherwell, Rangers etc are all only concerned with the long ball?
The likes of Lewis Ferguson, Allan Campbell, David Turnbull, and Scott Allan must be chuckling at that idea. Plenty of goals scored against Celtic domestically come from passes through our defence. There is plenty of good-quality ball players in Scotland that Davies clearly isn’t aware of.
His view here is ridiculously uneducated. It reeks of someone who has listened to too many snobby views from down south.
It’s also ironic considering the fact that if you’ve watched the MLS since its return, you’ll know that the quality on show has often been putting you to sleep. To suggest that McKenzie would potentially be too good for Celtic is laughable.
A move to Parkhead is also golden for players’ mentalities. Being in Glasgow, there is a demand to win every game regardless of who it is against. Celtic Park is a breeding ground for winners, and that’s been proven with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney heading down to big clubs in England and being successful. Did we hold players like those two back?
Should Celtic move for the USA youngster, McKenzie should jump at the opportunity. It would prove to be a level of pressure that will help determine whether he has the backbone as well as the quality to play at the highest level on the pitch.
Davies’ view here smacks of someone who has never watched football or played in Scotland. When it comes to McKenzie’s future, he needs to ignore baseless opinions like that.