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Young Celtic midfielder Ciaran McKenna leaves club for Duke University

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The 17-year-old has a scholarship at the prestigious college in North America.

One of Celtic’s promising youngsters has rejected a professional deal at the club in order to make a move to USA this summer, as confirmed by the Daily Record yesterday in an interview with the player in question.

Ciaran McKenna has left the club despite being offered a reported three-year deal by The Bhoys this summer, claims the report.

The 17-year-old talented midfielder will be leaving Scotland next week, but not play in Major League Soccer. Instead he is heading over to play college football and receive a top education across the pond.

He will be enrolling at top college Duke University on a four-year scholarship in North Carolina. He earned a scholarship worth £200,000 at the college and has given up on his career at Celtic for now after being at the club since he was eight-years old.

Now he will hope to pick up a top-class education and, in the future, still have a future in the professional game.

At the end of his time with Duke he might try to earn a place in the MLS draft, if he impresses in the college football system, or indeed head back to Scotland and perhaps Celtic.

But for now the Celtic family are likely wishing him all the best in his future endeavours in North America.

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