Celtic linked defender Jack Tucker has been tipped to “have a big future” by one of his former team-mates.

The Gillingham defender was linked with a move to join Neil Lennon’s men earlier this week, with the Scottish Sun saying that we had consistently scouted him.

Striker Alex Jakubiak, now on loan at St. Mirren, played with Tucker up until very recently, and rates him pretty highly.


“Jack’s going to have a big future, I’ve got no doubts about that,” Jakubiak told the Scottish Sun.

Jakubiak rates Tucker highly

Jakubiak rates Tucker highly (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“I rate him very highly. He’s a very good player.

“I played a lot of games with him and he really impressed me.

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“Jack’s good on the ball, but I think his strongest feature is the fact he just wants to defend.

“That’s his priority. He never wants to be beaten.

“He has great recovery and sound positioning. He’s very competitive and strikers know he’s about.”

Tucker has played a lot of football lately

Tucker has played a lot of football lately (Photo by Andrew Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Tucker seems like a reliable option for Celtic

A centre-back is likely to be pretty high on Lennon’s wishlist this summer.

If 3-5-2 is here to stay, and it looks like it is, we will need to add more depth to our defensive options.

Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien are pretty reliable as first-team mainstays, but behind them is a list of players who seem to spend more time in the treatment room than on the pitch.

Jozo Simunovic, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed have all had lengthy injury problems this season and can’t be relied upon consistently, despite all being capable players.

Elhamed seems pretty injury prone

Elhamed seems pretty injury prone (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tucker, meanwhile, has played every minute of his side’s last 21 matches – suggesting that he would be up for the challenge of playing twice a week for Celtic.

Whether he’s any good or not is another question. But with testimonies like Jakubiak’s, a big move may be in the offing very soon.

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