Celtic youngster Cameron Harper is in advanced talks to sign pre-contract with New York Red Bulls

By John McGinley

January 15, 2021

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper is in advanced talks to make a move to Major League Soccer, The Athletic has reported today.

Harper has had a bit of hype behind him this season but didn’t make his Celtic debut until a squad crisis this week.

He started against Hibernian on Monday night.

However, with his contract expiring this summer, he is now in ‘advanced discussions’ to sign for New York Red Bulls.

There is no indication whether Celtic are still trying to tie him down to a long-term contract.

We discussed this morning that Harper is looking for assurances of first-team football before making his next big career step.

Losing Harper just as he’s bursting into the first-team would represent another blow for Celtic.

The club has struggled to transition young players into the senior squad.

Players such as Liam Morrison and Josh Adam have chosen to progress their fledgeling careers at Bayern Munich and Manchester City over the last 12 months.

Harper returning to his homeland makes sense.

The Californian-born attacker is a rated prospect in the United States national team youth set-up.

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Theoretically, regular action in Major League Soccer could see him progress quickly through their ranks.

Celtic haven’t exactly shown a willingness to give him minutes, though perhaps this recent burst into the starting eleven will give him renewed confidence a future could lie in Glasgow.

In other news, Chris Sutton has been laying into Celtic again.