Photo: Celtic appear to take American Manny Perez on trial
Celtic have taken steps to potentially sort out their right back-problem by taking Manny Perez on trial.
The young American, who plays for the North Carolina State college team, took to Instagram to hint at his trial at Celtic.
The image, now deleted, depicts Perez in Celtic training gear. It appears that Lennoxtown is the setting for the photo.
Not much is known of the right-back. However, it would appear that he recently declined the chance to go professional to stay in College.
Perez was part of the American U20s squad that recently won the CONCACAF U20 championship on home soil.
It wouldn’t appear that Perez would come into Celtic and be an automatic first choice at right-back.
It’s more likely he will follow in the initial footsteps of his fellow American, Dominic Cervi.
Cervi was a highly rated young goalkeeper when he signed for Celtic. He never made the grade at Celtic and Perez will be hoping if he signs, his luck will be better.
However, it is positive news to see that Celtic are looking to the future in terms of the right-back position.
Lustig won’t last forever, and Cristian Gamboa hasn’t provided the competition needed to keep the Swede on his toes.
A right-back has to be a priority for Celtic in the January transfer window, no matter what happens with Perez’s trial. It’s been a real problem position for Celtic in recent times.
No one can ever question Lustig’s desire and heart. However, he’s been lacking in terms of quality for the best part of a year now. It may not be time to part company with the Swede.
Lustig should be used going forward as a mentor for his replacement.
His experience would be invaluable to a younger player trying to perfect his craft. Celtic would be foolish not to take advantage of this, if they wish to keep Lustig on board.
Perez’s trial is not the most sensational of news. However, it is good to see Celtic are making moves early ahead of the January transfer window.
It speaks to the club and Brendan Rodgers being prepared to get the reinforcements they need for the second half of the season.
With a treble treble to contend for, and hopefully a Europa League run on the horizon, January should be a busy month at Celtic.
Who knows? They may even tempt Perez to go professional and forego his College career.