Celtic target Mark McKenzie is set for a transfer to Genk, according to US and Belgian reports (Het Belang van Limburg).

Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer has all but confirmed the Union defender’s move to the Belgian league side, despite Celtic’s ongoing interest

For his part, McKenzie had talked up a move to Celtic Park in recent weeks. The youngster has even stated that former Celt Virgil van Dijk was an inspiration.

However, the Inquirer, also citing respected Belgian media outlet Nieuwsblad, have said that Genk’s bid is likely to be accepted and a move is imminent.

Celtic had reportedly saw a bid of $4million rejected back in October (Sports Illustrated).

Genk have a fantastic record of developing young talent. Kevin de Bruyne started his career at the club (Guardian), as well as Thibaut Courtois (ESPN) and Christian Benteke (BBC).

The news represents a quick turnaround for McKenzie, who had looked sure to sign for Celtic in January.

Celtic-linked centre-back Mark McKenzie
Celtic-linked centre-back Mark McKenzie / (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

McKenzie had talked up Celtic move

Brexit issues remained a potential obstacle but for all intents and purposes, McKenzie to Celtic looked ostensibly on.

Speaking to Sky Sports, McKenzie had said:

“Yeah (I’d be open to it), 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’ve done my fair share of research (on Celtic and the Scottish Premiership). 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.”

Now, though, the young US international (Philadelphia Inquier) is all set for a move to mainland Europe. Tannenwald has an already-established beef with Celtic for whatever reason, and it’s his earlier points about finances that have resurfaced here.

The reporter said:

“The transfer fee isn’t known yet, but since the Union turned down Celtic’s bid, it’s a safe bet that they’re going to make more money from Genk.”

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