Just In as Paulo Bernardo pays surprise visit to New York Celtic Supporters Club.

On Friday, one of Celtic’s double-winning heroes made a holiday stop at the New York Celtic Supporters Club to relive his Bhoys experience this season.

 

Paulo Bernardo spent the week working with his Portuguese national team teammates before flying to the United States to see the sights of New York City.

 

The midfielder made 33 appearances for the club during his loan from Benfica, and there is speculation that Celtic are trying to sign him permanently.

 

Bernardo finished with an important contribution to the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers, forcing Jack Butland to redirect the ball into the path of goal scorer Adam Idah.

 

That kind of influence lends credence to the case that he should be a summer addition, and Bernardo appears eager to maintain his affiliation with the Bhoys.

 

The NYCSC posted on Facebook that he had visited McHale’s Bar.

 

According to rumors from Portugal this morning, Bernardo hopes to stay in Scotland for the 2024/25 season.

 

According to Portuguese publication Record, he has liked his time with the Bhoys, as well as living in Glasgow, and is ready to return to regular first-team play next season.

 

For Celtic, it could come down to the price Benfica wants for the 22-year-old. According to reports, the Bhoys included a buy clause of roughly £6 million in his loan terms, but are now attempting to reduce that down.

 

That makes sense given that he isn’t an established starter under Rodgers. He’s been employed more in a squad and rotation role. If he can be supplied for a few million pounds, it would be a good investment, especially given his potential for further development.

 

Speculation on  spiked during the week when reports indicated that Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds were keen on his signature this summer.

 

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