Gillingham boss Steve Evans says Celtic-linked Jack Tucker "will go for millions"

By David Walton

February 25, 2020

Gillingham manager Steve Evans clearly won’t be letting Jack Tucker go on the cheap, and stated instead that he “will go for millions”.

The Scottish Sun reported last night that both Celtic and Rangers were on course to battle each other for Tucker, who’s rated at £1.5million. Celtic have reportedly watched him consistently since the summer, with West Ham and Aston Villa also monitoring him.

The Sun also reported that the League One club were expecting many scouts to attend this weekend’s game against AFC Wimbledon to watch him again. It remains to be seen if Celtic are one of them.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans (James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

However, speaking to Kent Online, former Crawley and Peterborough manager Evans said the following on the in-demand defender:

“We found Jack Tucker who we were told was being released from the football club and we gave him a new chance – and he’ll go for millions.”

£1.5m wouldn’t be a problem if Celtic took the chance

Tucker’s career has really kicked off this season. It’s the first year in which he’s been given consistent first-team football, with 31 appearances under his belt already (Transfermarkt). It’s a far cry from the one appearance he managed last season.

The player himself has impressed in the past against Premier League opposition too. He was part of the Gillingham side that kept West Ham at bay for nearly 75 minutes before slipping to a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup last month.

But Evans may want to temper expectations about selling Tucker for “millions”. He’s still a rookie and hasn’t experienced regular football higher than League One level.

Jack Tucker in action (Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

It would be a huge sign of the funny money bubble in England if Tucker went for anything over-the-top. Celtic, if we remain interested in the summer, should hopefully be able to do a deal with Gillingham without too much hassle.

Any main issues will likely come in the form of the other clubs interested. With Tucker tied down at Gillingham for the long-term, they’ll surely look to get a bidding war going.

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