Jack Stacey to Bournemouth could be on the cards, with the Cherries apparently interested in the reported Celtic target.
The Daily Mail believe that the Luton Town right-back is the subject of interest from the Premier League club. This comes after a season in League One in which Luton stormed to the title. Stacey played a huge part by making 50 appearances and notching eight assists.
Neil Lennon said earlier this week that a move for Stacey was just “speculation” (Daily Mail). The Celtic manager didn’t elaborate any further, but we have been strongly linked with a move for Stacey this summer (The Sun).
In recent days, Premier League interest has threatened potential moves for right-back targets. Bournemouth’s reported interest today follows Crystal Palace’s in Carl Jenkinson (The Sun).
Interestingly, however, there have been no reports of Celtic offering a sum to Arsenal or Luton respectively. A deal for either doesn’t appear close. It’s also worrying to have Premier League clubs also in the mix for our apparent targets too. After all, both Palace and Bournemouth are clubs that will give these players game-time in England’s top league.
Jack Stacey to Bournemouth isn’t inconceivable
Both sides, unfortunately, have the money to pop in and buy these players from under our noses. Unless Celtic become a bit more aggressive in their pursuit of either, we could be in some trouble.
We’re already going to be facing Sarajevo in the Champions League without a new right-back as it stands. Only Anthony Ralston will be available to take on the Bosnian outfit if we decide to go with a back four.
Stacey wouldn’t necessarily be a definite answer to the problem either. We really need two in to cover the losses of Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan, and Cristian Gamboa over the summer. As much as Ralston always gives his all for the club, he isn’t good enough as of yet to be our number one.
So far this summer, Celtic have brought in a centre-back, a midfielder, and a left-back. This is great news in terms of cover in those areas, particularly at centre-back with Christopher Jullien. But even since the end of last season, a right-back was the top priority.
We’re already taking a risk by not bringing one in before Sarajevo. Hopefully, we’re not going to do the same for the second qualifier if we make it against Nomme Kalju/Shkendija.
Hopefully, we make a move for our right-back targets and seriously test the interest of the Premier League clubs. Work will be going on behind the scenes, but it needs accelerating ahead of a huge few weeks.