New York Red Bulls have signed highly-rated Celtic winger Cameron Harper, with the 19-year-old penning a three-year deal at the club with the option of a further year.
Celtic had hoped to retain the services of the youngster, with former boss Neil Lennon affording him his senior debut earlier this season in a bid to convince him to remain at Celtic Park.
Despite their best efforts, Harper – who was raised in America and has duel Scottish and American citizenship – has opted to move back to his country of birth to link up with MLS side New York Red Bulls.
The club took to their official website to confirm the capture of the exciting winger, with head of sport Kevin Thelwell expressing his excitement at the deal.
“We are delighted to welcome Cameron to our club,” he said. “Cameron is a sharp young talent who has been rising through the ranks of Celtic and the US Youth National Teams. Cameron possesses mental, physical, and technical attributes that make us believe he has a bright future, and we’re pleased that he has decided to take the next step in his career with us.”
New York Red Bulls are currently managed by former Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber, and he too added his delight at the signing.
“I’m very happy to have Cameron join our team,” he said. “Cameron is an exciting attacking player, with athleticism and strong technical ability. He sees the field very well and can create with the ball in tight spaces. As a staff we are excited to work with Cameron and help him continue to develop his game.”
Harper’s departure heaps yet further misery onto Celtic, with the club enduring a nightmare season in which they’re set to surrender their Scottish Premiership crown to city rivals Rangers in the coming weeks.