Plenty of Celtic fans have taken aim at the club after 19-year-old after they sanctioned the departure of 19-year-old winger Cameron Harper.
Harper has only made one first-team appearance for the Hoops – playing just over an hour in January’s draw with Hibernian – but he was chosen for the matchday squad on six occasions (via Transfermarkt).
And, Celtic notably wanted him to stay.
The American admits he turned down their offer to remain at Parkhead (via Celtic’s official website).
Harper, who has been capped three times by his country at Under-20 level, will join New York Red Bulls in MLS.
His contract expires in the summer, and so he will leave on a free transfer.
Celtic had recruited him from the Pateadores academy in California three years ago.
His exit has been anticipated for a while now.
In January, the Glasgow Times reported the Red Bulls’ swoop for the forward.
Ultimately, Harper was said to be ‘concerned about a lack of a pathway to the Celtic first-team’.
Here’s what these Celtic fans made of the announcement:
These Celtic fans blast club’s youth policy
Probably better for this kids career that he heads back home. Despite the few notable exceptions, we are not particularly great at bringing on academy projects into the first team. We are more likely to invest in other clubs deadwood than giving our own a chance – Good luck! HH
Good Luck young man. all the best in your future career. As a football club we are rudderless. It is no surprise we are losing all our young talent. The club should be embarrassed at the position it finds itself in. A first team squad & reserve team needing a complete rebuild.
“Good luck at New York Cameron. It is really depressing how all of our best youngsters leave so early there’s something seriously wrong at Celtic”
If you were a parent of a talented young footballer would you be making Celtic the best option for your son to develop? It’s got to be one of the worst clubs you could send him to. There is a tiny chance he’ll play 1st team games regularly unless he is exceptional.
Good luck son. Can’t blame you. Hopefully NYRB are run by competent people.
How many prospects is that now who have left, our youth system is a shambles man.
Can give all the has-beens and the board big contracts but canny sort contracts for the youth players
The youth set up at celtic is almost as bad as the shambles at first team level this season. Get the dinosaurs out and get modern day coaches in
“Sack the board”
The discontent at Celtic is palpable as fierce rivals Rangers stand on the verge of halting their run of nine consecutive titles.
After Neil Lennon tendered his resignation last month, John Kennedy took charge until the end of the season.
We can expect uproar if the club fail to show suitable ambition with their permanent managerial appointment.