Report: Celtic consistently scout defender Jack Tucker ahead of summer window

By John McGinley

February 25, 2020

Celtic have consistently scouted Gillingham defender Jack Tucker this year, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper say that the £1.5m-rated defender is also on the radar of Rangers, with Sporting Director Ross Wilson said to be an admirer of the 20-year-old.

With Premier League side West Ham and Aston Villa also keen on his services, according to the outlet, it seems the player is destined to be playing at a higher level than League One next season.

Manager Neil Lennon already has Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic available but with a lack of cover beyond that and a new propensity towards playing a three-man defence, another defender would be welcome in the upcoming window.

Tucker’s profile

Still a relative novice in the game, this season has undoubtedly been a breakthrough one for the youngster, making 31 of his 34 appearances for the Gills in 2019/20.

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Along the way he’s helped them keep 13 clean sheets in all competitions, suggesting he has found impressive consistency at that level for a player so young.

Gillingham still have a chance of reaching the League One playoffs and Tucker will be a big part of that push, having started their last 23 consecutive league matches (Transfermarkt).

Reported Celtic target Jack Tucker in action for Gillingham / (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Tucker has played ten games in 2020 so far and it’s unknown which ones that Celtic have specifically scouted but with his team unbeaten in that run, it’s no surprise to hear he’s impressed any onlookers.

Ultimately he doesn’t look to be a player that would come in and immediately improve the first-team, more fitting the profile of a player who would initially be on the fringes of Lennon’s eleven.

Certainly though, he’s a player worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.