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Paulo Bernardo nails Celtic colours to mast as Benfica starlet spotted at famous Hoops pub

Paulo Bernardo was pictured at the New York Celtic Supporters' Club
-Credit: (Image: Facebook: New York Celtic Supporters' Club)


Two years ago, it was Jota who was cutting about New York in a Celtic jersey. A few weeks later, the superstar from Portugal joined the Hoops on a permanent transfer.

Fellow countryman Bernardo will hope for a similar outcome after the Benfica starlet was spotted at a famous Hoops bar in the Big Apple. Bernardo, 22, impressed during his season-long loan stint from Lisbon had assisted Adam Idah's Scottish Cup winner against Rangers. The Portugal Under-21 captain also netted a stunning strike in December's Glasgow derby win at Parkhead and earned the trust of Brendan Rodgers in the Champions League.

It's understood the Hoops are keen to sign the talented playmaker this summer but are not willing to meet the £6million release clause in his contract. The Parkhead giants believe they can land Bernardo for a reduced fee, with Benfica boss Roger Schmidt willing to let the youngster go.

And reports in Portugal suggest Bernardo himself is extremely keen to return to Glasgow on a full-time basis. That will be music to the ears of Rodgers and Hoops supporters across the world as the Double-winners prepare to splash the cash this summer.

For now, Bernardo is enjoying a well-earned holiday in the States as he tours around NYC with his partner. And while tourist attractions like the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square will be on their to-do list, Bernardo also found time to pop into one of the world's most famous Celtic bars.

The loan star was last night pictured at McHale's Bar and Grill after making a surprise visit to the home of the New York CSC. Sharing the snap on Facebook, the fan club wrote: "A surprise unexpected visitor a few minutes ago. Paulo Bernardo alongside McHale's staff member, Jonathon."

Bernardo's appearance went down a storm with fellow Hoops fans, who urged the Scottish champions to sign him up.

One wrote: "We wouldn’t have won the double without him. Scored important goals and created the winner in the cup final. Would be even better with a regular start." Another posted: "Brilliant. He's there cause he's into our club. Get him signed." While a third quipped: "Hope you asked him to sign on the dotted line."