Johnny Russell admits there's 'always hope' regarding a Celtic move

By John McGinley

November 14, 2019

Sporting Kansas City attacker Johnny Russell has admitted he is still holding out on a potential move to Celtic at some stage in his career, speaking to Clyde 1 Superscoreboard this week (13/11).

The versatile attacker, who has mostly be utilised on the right-wing by the MLS side, has long been known as a supporter of the Hoops, although no move for the player has ever materialised.

Having just finished up another campaign in the United States he’s back in Scotland during his off-season and was a radio guest this week on Clyde 1.

When asked if he had given up on a switch to Scottish champions he acknowledged it might never happen but stated it’s something he will always hold out hope for.

Speaking on the 13th November edition of the show, he said: “You never know. It’s not happened, maybe it won’t but you can always hope.

“I’m enjoying my time over there (Kansas), I’m in no rush to get back. But it’s your boyhood team. All my family would get to see me as well.

“It’s something that I always wanted to do, I’ve never hidden the fact that I’ve wanted to do that. You never know, maybe it has passed.”

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Could he be of value to Celtic?

Now 29, Russell is arguably in the peak years of his career, having enjoyed a five-year spell at Derby County prior to his Major League Soccer move.

The former Dundee United man has been an accomplished performer for Sporting Kansas City and this year scored nine goals and assisted eight more for the club, helping them to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League (Transfermarkt).

Beyond James Forrest, we aren’t exactly blessed with exceptional right flank options. Marian Shved hasn’t made the impact we’d have liked, or at least hasn’t been given the opportunity to.

Russell could be a useful utility man if it worked for the club on the financial side of things.

While I don’t think we should be rushing out to sign him, he’s a player worth keeping an eye on and considering as an option, especially since he seems so keen to sign up at Celtic Park.

Having a handful of committed boyhood Celtic supporters peppering the squad is never a bad thing.

His current contract in MLS is due to expire after the 2020 season, with the further option of a 2021 stay.