Celtic’s Jack Stacey interest is reportedly no more.
According to the Daily Record, Celtic have moved on from the Luton Town right-back as they pursue other options.
There hasn’t been one reported offer from the Premiership champions to Luton Town for their man. The latest, however, seen a Bournemouth offer accepted in the region of £4million for the defender (Sky Sports). He will now apparently have a medical ahead of a proposed move to the Vitality Stadium.
The path, however, was cleared for Bournemouth to make him his own. Celtic hadn’t decided to make a confirmed offer for Stacey. And even as he nears his move to the Premier League side, Celtic still haven’t made a reported bid of their own.
It would appear that Celtic aren’t too fussed over where Stacey ends up. Instead, they must therefore have other right-backs on their mind that they deem more worthy of pursuing.
Celtic’s Jack Stacey interest dying won’t annoy fans
Stacey was never one of the more spectacular right-backs we could’ve gone for. He’s made 95 appearances for Luton and 38 for Exeter City. All of his worth has come with League One being the highest level he’s operated at.
Celtic, you would hope, would be more optimistic in their hunt for a Mikael Lustig replacement. Granted, we don’t appear to be anywhere near close to bringing one in. But if that one was to have been Stacey, it would hardly have raised excitement levels at Celtic Park.
The Hoops also effectively have 11 days to find their replacement. After all, the Champions League deadline to submit squads for the second qualifier is July 18th (UEFA, page 43). We need to be working fast after already missing the deadline to have any fresh right-back play Sarajevo.
Stacey would’ve been a real gamble. Yes, he has a wealth of experience in League One. But the Scottish Premiership is still a big step up when you’re at a club like Celtic. Added to that, he was totally unproven in European football, and it’s easy to see why Celtic may have thought twice about matching the £4m fee Bournemouth have apparently had accepted (Sky Sports).
In reality, we really need two right-backs to cover our summer losses. What should frustrate fans is that we don’t seem any closer to getting a deal done. Celtic did prove, however, that when they signed Christopher Jullien that they could work fast when needed to. It was the same for Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.
And with Stacey now effectively out of the mix, it will be interesting to see who we truly turn to.