CELTIC teenager Cameron Harper has signed a three-year deal with MLS side New York Red Bulls, the American outfit have announced.

The 19-year-old has signed a multi-year contract in the Big Apple, with Red Bulls inserting a clause that allows them to extend it for another year.

The American winger was highly regarded at Parkhead and made his senior debut for the club in January's 1-1 draw with Hibs in the league.

Harper told the official Celtic site that while he was grateful for the grounding in the professional game that the club had given him, the allure of returning Stateside proved too great to resist.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Celtic," he said. "It has been a great experience.

"I’m very grateful for the offer made to me by Celtic too, but I wanted to go back to the US and take this new opportunity. Of course, it goes without saying, I wish Celtic nothing but success for the future."

Speaking to the Red Bulls website, head coach Gerhard Struber said: "I’m very happy to have Cameron join our team.

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“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.”

Kevin Thelwell, head of sport at the New York club, added that he sees a big future for Harper back in his homeland.

"We are delighted to welcome Cameron to our club,” he said.

HeraldScotland:

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“Cameron is a sharp young talent who has been rising through the ranks of Celtic and the U.S. 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.”