Cameron Harper may not be a familiar name for fans of Celtic, but the young defender is edging closer to making his Bhoys debut.

The 18-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Celtic’s squad to face Dundee United last weekend.

While Harper didn’t make it onto the pitch, he did take to social media to express his excitement at being called into the match-day squad.

It must only be a matter of time before Harper is handed some game time, even if just a few minutes as a sub, so what do we know of him?

He was promoted from the Under-18s to the senior squad owing to a defensive shortage.

He will be hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of Stephen Welsh, Karamoko Dembele and Scott Robertson in getting stuck in while still at a tender age.

Cameron Harper has American roots

Harper was born in the U.S. and was spotted playing in an U-16 game there. His father managed to get him a trial with Celtic and he never looked back.

After impressing enough to be signed up, Harper played and scored at Hampden in the Youth Cup final.

In interviews, Harper has recalled playing against senior players while in his formative years, so the physical side of stepping up to the Premiership may not be an issue.

Can play in three roles

In a recent video for Celtic’s YouTube channel, Harper claimed he can play either as a left winger, right winger of striker, stressing that he is ‘willing to work hard for the team’ and insisting he is ‘an exciting player on the ball.

With everything on the line this season with regards to the 10 in a row, it may be that chances are limited for such an unproven player, but a few more injuries and we could see Cameron Harper get his chance sooner rather than later.

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