MLS star sounds desperate for a move to Celtic; Bhoys have made bids before

By John McGinley

February 19, 2021

Sporting Kansas City star Johnny Russell will never give up on his dream of playing for boyhood heroes Celtic, he’s told Herald Sport (19/02 print edition, page 4).

Russell is about to embark on another season in Major League Soccer with Kansas City, though still harbours ambitions to turn out in the famous green and white Hoops.

The attacker has shared that Celtic have made multiple bids for his services before, but that they were never accepted.

It was Derby County who ultimately got the best years out of him after his exit from Dundee United.

Russell told The Herald today: “I always said the dream was to play for Celtic but it’s never happened.

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“That’s football. The season I went to Derby was there were a few bids made but Derby offered more and Celtic’s bids were never accepted. If they had been matched I would’ve gone to Celtic, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

“Of course [it remains on the bucket-list], nobody is going to turn down the opportunity to play for their heroes. It was always something I’d never give up hope on. You never know.”

Probably too late for Johnny Russell and Celtic

Time has likely run out on Russell’s dream. Now 30, he doesn’t exactly fit the model of how Celtic conduct their transfer business in 2021.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s still performing to a decent standard. The 14-cap Scotland man has netted 27 goals and assisted 23 more in three MLS seasons.

If Jonny Hayes can end up at Celtic Park, perhaps Russell will one day make a surprise move to Glasgow and provide a bit of squad depth.

Johnny Russell has been speaking about his Celtic dream / (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

His contract is up across the Atlantic at the end of the year, but you’d have expected the Bhoys to show interest in him before now were a move viable.

Still, it’s nice to hear some footballers still want to play for us!

In other news, 3 surprising stats from Celtic’s season so far, and what they mean.