Neil Lennon is excited about USA youngster Cameron Harper's progress; hints at bigger Celtic role going forward

By John McGinley

September 2, 2020

Neil Lennon has highlighted the excellent training work of 18-year-old Cameron Harper over the last 18 months in a new interview with club outlet The Celtic View (02/09 print edition, page 6).

Harper has been an unused substitute in three recent Bhoys matches against Motherwell, Ferencvaros and Dundee United, leading to speculation he could be on the verge of making his senior debut with the club.

Now, Lennon has indicated that could well be the case.

The manager is eager to show Harper and other young players at the club they have a future in the first-team.

The USA U20s talent is now training with the club’s big stars every day and Lennon sounds excited about his progress.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He told The Celtic View (02/09 print edition, page 6): “Cameron’s bulked up and looks physically better since lockdown. He’s impressed us a lot over the last 18 months.

“With his pace and power, he’s developing into a very good player and the kind of player we like at the club. He had a break during lockdown but he’s trained very well since coming back from America.

“It’s important we give him an indication of the development path in front of him. Cameron and the other young boys are happy with what we’ve given them at the minute and we’re happy with how they’re progressing.”

The Celtic manager goes on to praise Harper’s professionalism and attitude in the interview, highlighting that he has the right mentality as well as the right physical and talent requirements.

He is an attacking player who can play on either wing or through the middle, which could prove to be very useful over the coming weeks.

Could Harper be unleashed at Celtic Park soon? / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

With no real competition for James Forrest or Mohamed Elyounoussi, the Sacramento-born player now has a huge opportunity to impress Lennon further at Lennoxtown and perhaps get some minutes under his belt.

Hopefully his matchday appearances on the bench lead to exactly that soon.

In other news, Lennon has praised Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond for his work in the transfer market this summer.