Former Celtic target Mark McKenzie has revealed why he ended up snubbing the Bhoys to join Belgian club Genk, and his reasoning may baffle Hoops supporters.
Will Celtic regret missing out on McKenzie?
McKenzie reveals bizarre Celtic snub
McKenzie has recently talked about his move to Belgium and while he does admit that other clubs were interested, he also said that when Genk came calling for him, he was ‘enthusiastic’ about the move. That is because of Genk’s identity of being a club that offers the chance for young players to develop and move to bigger teams.
He said (live blog, 10:46): “There was interest elsewhere, but when I heard that Genk was interested, I was immediately enthusiastic. It’s a club that makes players better and then sells them to larger clubs. I looked at their history and they develop and sell players. They take them on to the next level.
“That was exciting for me. I have to be honest, there are still gaps in my game and at Genk they know what can be improved and where I can teach the team something.
“They have the resources and the ability to help me in my development. I’m really excited to get started soon. They have followed me for a long time and, in the end, the choice was easy.”
McKenzie was a regular for Philadelphia Union last season, as he made 26 appearances in all competitions for the club. He scored two goals and even picked up one assist (as per Transfermarkt).
The defender was included in the MLS Team of the Year last season and was even named a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year. He was a finalist for Rookie of the Year in 2018 (as per MLSSoccer).
Baffling for Celtic
Celtic have already missed out on Filip Benkovic, who has joined Belgian club Leuven on loan from Leicester City. Christopher Jullien is injured and the Frenchman has been ruled out for around four months now. It has also been stated that if Brighton get the chance to find another club, they could end Shane Duffy’s loan spell at Celtic.
This suggests that Celtic would need another centre-back. Considering how McKenzie was part of MLS Team of the Year last season, it shows his qualities as a player, so they will regret missing out on him.
The young defender’s reasoning is quite simply baffling though – if there is one club known for developing star players and selling for profit to elite teams, it is Celtic, so it will certainly be interesting to see how McKenzie’s move pans out considering his entire reasoning for his move is based on developing before jumping to another club.
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