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Teenager shakes up Celtic striking hierarchy

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There was plenty of intrigue on the Celtic bench against Dundee United on Saturday with Tom Rogic and Karamoko Dembele both missing.

Kerr McInroy made the bench once under Brendan Rodgers but the inclusion of Cameron Harper meant a big shift in the striking hierarchy below first team level.

The 18-year-old from California spent last season in the Development/Reserve squad as he adapted to a very different climate and the demands of the professional game.

While going through those stages Jonathan Afolabi was signed and loaned out to Dunfermline with Jack Aitchison down south with Forest Green Rovers.

Those two strikers experienced first team football but it was Harper that Neil Lennon called into the first team squad three weeks ago, alongside Lee O’Connor as he prepared the younger American for the big step up.

It looks like Afolabi and Aitchison have fallen by the wayside. Lennon has brought in Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths is drifting rapidly out of contention with reports that Celtic could be looking to bring in another striker.

Harper still has lots to overcome to get near competitive minutes in the first team but he seems to be the one that has caught the manager’s eye and most likely to be given the chance to develop.

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