Morton's Gary Harkins jokes Brendan Rodgers has tapped him up for Celtic

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4,...

Harkins impressed despite being on the losing side against Celtic.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic is tackled by Gary Harkins of Greenock Morton on the edge of the penalty box during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at...

Gary Harkins has joked that he is off to join Celtic next season, after a conversation with the Bhoys' manager on Saturday.

Harkins impressed in Morton's 3-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup fifth round, and the 33-year-old was spotted talking to Rodgers as he left the field afterwards.

Subscribe

"I spoke to Brendan, aye. I’m here next season, I think!" Said Harkins - who was on the books of Celtic as a youngster - via the Scottish Sun. "I’ll be cleaning his boots for him!

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle as Celtic win 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

"No, seriously, he was lovely. You can see with the way he speaks to the press and everything that he carries himself really well and it’s a good pat on the back for me, so I’m happy."

Whether Celtic sign him or not, Harkins remains on course to return to Parkhead next season with Morton third in the Championship.

The Greenock based side are the 12th of Harkins' career, and promotion with them would be extra special for the local midfielder.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates scoring his second goal of the game with his team mates during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

Celtic took 62 minutes to break down Jim Duffy's men courtesy of Moussa Dembele, who added a second from the penalty spot before Odsonne Edouard sealed the Bhoys' progression to the semi-finals, where rivals Rangers await.

Will Celtic beat Rangers to reach the Scottish Cup final?

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch