Sky Sports journalist says Celtic remain keen on Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie

By David Walton

October 6, 2020

Celtic remain keen on Philadelphia Union centre-back Mark McKenzie despite not moving for him on deadline day, according to Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph.

Sky reported earlier in the transfer window that the Hoops had been monitoring developments regarding the dominant USA international. However, only Shane Duffy arrived in the door at centre-back throughout the summer.

Mark McKenzie in action (Photo by Ira L. Black – Corbis/Getty Images)

Instead, McKenzie remains a Philadelphia player after the international transfer window came to a close, leaving people wondering whether the Hoops really wanted to make a move for him in the first place.

However, in a direct response to a supporter who asked about McKenzie on Twitter, Joseph claimed the club’s interest “remains strong”.

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A long-term solution?

It always looked a tad optimistic that we would be bringing McKenzie considering we already had six centre-back options at the club. If the USA international was going to come to Parkhead this summer, then Duffy’s arrival probably wasn’t necessary.

Considering the likes of Kristoffer Ajer didn’t go anywhere on deadline day, there was no real need to make a move. Had the Norwegian left, then things would’ve been concerning if we hadn’t brought another one in.

For Celtic, it’s more important that McKenzie continues to play regular first-team games in the MLS. Given the quality of league in the States these days, he’ll only be a better player for continuing to develop there.

Mark McKenzie (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

There’s an argument to say that signing McKenzie would’ve been good for future planning. However, what use would it have been for him to simply sit on our bench whilst we wait for one of our first-choice defenders to depart?

It could be the case that Celtic move for him in January. That can’t be ruled out. But the most logical option would be to make an attempt to nab him next summer when Ajer may very well finally leave. Or perhaps even Duffy heads back to Brighton.

So even though we didn’t manage to sign him up last night, McKenzie may still very well be one of our long-term options at centre-back.

In other news, an exciting Celtic move was yesterday prevented despite the Hoops making a move.