Charlotte (NC) — The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team announced the club has received midfielder Mark Hill on loan from Celtic FC. The 20-year-old has represented Scotland at the U-17 and U-19 levels.
“I'm very excited about being in Charlotte,” said Hill. “I know Jim [McGuinness] demands his players be hard-working and it was the exact same way at Celtic when I played under him there. Hopefully, I can do that here and go back to get a chance with Celtic.”
The Glasgow, Scotland native spent five years in the Celtic Youth Academy, eventually signing a three-year deal with the first team in 2017. With Celtic, he’s faced top youth talents from Paris-Saint Germain and FC Bayern Munich during UEFA Youth League and the Premier League International Cup competitions. Most recently, Hill was loaned to Scottish professional sides St. Mirren FC and Forfar Athletic FC.
“It's hugely beneficial to get Mark in with this group and we're very excited about his arrival,” said Independence Head Coach Jim McGuinness. “He's a great national team player and great Celtic player, as well. He's dynamic and he brings an exciting element to our team.”
Hill will be available for selection as the Independence returns to USL Championship action on Friday, March 15th for the 2019 Season Opening Game versus Indy Eleven at the Sportsplex at Matthews. For more information on tickets, please visit charlotteindependence.com or call the Independence front office at 704-206-1515.