CELTIC target Mark McKenzie says he remains open to a January switch to the Premiership champions after watching negotiations break down over the summer.

The Philadelphia Union centre-half was linked with a move to Parkhead before they eventually opted to bring in Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton instead.

According to Sky Sports, a new central defender remains top of Neil Lennon's wishlist when the transfer window reopens and McKenzie said he remains open to the possibility of a move to Glasgow's east end - pointing to the career path of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as evidence of a chance to progress in Scotland.

Celtic would need to move quickly for the 21-year-old, with a host of Bundesliga and Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring his situation - with McKenzie revealing that he has been doing his own research into Neil Lennon's side as he weighs up hs next move.

When asked if he would consider a move to Celtic next month, McKenzie told Sky Sports: "Yeah, ultimately it's about the situation being right for all parties.

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"As the player you are probably the most important piece in the puzzle, but it's about making sure it's right for the club I'm at now but also the club I could potentially be going to.

"I want to be playing regular and consistent minutes - at least fighting for my spot and then trying to keep that spot. That's the most important thing. It's something I've obviously talked to my agents about and talked to the club and staff about and make sure it's right for everyone.

"I've done my fair share of research [on Celtic and the Scottish Premiership] and I've always loved football so I've known about Celtic for a while. You hear about Celtic and the path of Virgil Van Dijk - going from there to the Prem.

"I'm no dummy when it comes to understanding the leagues. I have a general idea of what the leagues look like and keeping up with who is at the front of the pack in the league race and tournaments. I know about Celtic and the league - and a lot of other leagues. But it's an exciting time, though."