Celtic-linked Mark McKenzie produced yet another dominant display as his Philadelphia Union side downed Montreal Impact in a 4-1 hammering in Canada.
Sky Sports reported at the start of September that Celtic were monitoring developments regarding the Union centre-back. Since then, he’s been in scintillating form, playing every minute for Philly and securing three wins in four games.
Last night, however, McKenzie looked to be at his most impressive as the Union strolled to another three points against Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact.
According to WhoScored, McKenzie was the joint-second best performer for Philly last night. He was given an overall rating of 7.76, with two-goal man Kasper Przybylko securing an 8.65.
The reported Celtic target managed a total of three challenges, four interceptions, and three clearances too. He also bagged an assist and had a couple of efforts on goal. It was certainly a busy night for him.
McKenzie’s form is red-hot
With McKenzie in the team, Philadelphia have only conceded over one goal in a game on three occasions out of a possible 14. It’s a fine return from the USA international, who has one senior cap to his name.
The States is becoming a hotbed for young talent, and McKenzie looks like he fits into that bracket after a sensational start to the season that has his side just three points off the top of the Eastern Conference.
McKenzie has previously outlined a desire to move to Europe in the future too. As quoted by the Daily Record back in July, the player said: “As a kid, you dream of playing at the top clubs in the world. Playing in top leagues and in Champions League and whatnot. It’s always a blessing to be able to draw interest from clubs in Europe.”
Of course, Celtic’s search for a centre-back isn’t the biggest priority. With six options still currently at the club, a left-back and another right-winger should be what the Hoops are searching for at the moment.
Then again, signing McKenzie would potentially be good forward-planning should Kristoffer Ajer depart. With the form the USA youngster is in, he won’t be available for too long.
Celtic will need to make a decision on this one quickly as the player continues to dominate on a weekly-basis.
In other news, a Celtic loanee finally started his new chapter yesterday, but it began on a sour note.