Report: Cameron Harper agrees exit from Celtic; club reach fee deal

By John McGinley

February 3, 2021

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper is on the verge of a club exit after agreeing terms with New York Red Bulls.

The Glasgow Times reports the news, going on to state that Celtic and the MLS side have also agreed on a fee that will see him make the move during the current transfer window across the Atlantic.

It’s said that Harper has agreed to a multi-year contract.

The 19-year-old was one of the club’s promising prospects and was given a starting opportunity against Hibernian in difficult circumstances last month.

Out of match practice, he didn’t do much against the Edinburgh side, but he has impressed within the development squads over the last couple of years.

Another talented youngster leaves

Harper is just the latest prospect to leave the club for pastures new over the last 18 months.

Liam Morrison and Barry Hepburn made the move to Bayern Munich, Josh Adam signed for Man City and goalkeeper Liam Hughes switched to Liverpool.

Talented duo Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Oko-Flex also have expiring contracts.

The young American attacker will now get the opportunity to impress in his homeland, which could lead to a national team impact in the coming seasons.

He’s already won caps at U20 level.

Manager Neil Lennon spoke highly of Harper earlier this season, suggesting he had been earmarked for a first-team impact in future.

Celtic youngster Cameron Harper is on the verge of an exit / (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Lennon told The Celtic View (02/09/20 print edition, page 6): “With his pace and power, he’s developing into a very good player and the kind of player we like at the club. He had a break during lockdown but he’s trained very well since coming back from America.

“It’s important we give him an indication of the development path in front of him. Cameron and the other young boys are happy with what we’ve given them at the minute and we’re happy with how they’re progressing.”

Unfortunately, he’ll now be progressing his career elsewhere.

Good luck Cameron!

In other news, Lee O’Connor has impressed on loan at Tranmere Rovers this week.