Jack Stacey could only be considered as back-up at Celtic

Celtic are interested in signing Luton Town right-back Jack Stacey this summer, according to The Scottish Sun.

What’s the story?

The Hoops are on the hunt for new right-backs after Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and Jeremy Toljan all left the club at the end of last season.

Stacey is now one of the options that Celtic are looking at, say the paper, with a £2m deal in the offing after initial enquiries.

The report states that the Hoops are battling it out with Stoke City for his signature.

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Is he good enough for the Scottish champions?

Losing three first-team members in one position is rather extreme and signings must be made to bring the Celtic squad up to strength in time for UEFA Champions League qualifiers next month.

Stacey had an excellent 2018/19 season, scoring four goals and assisting eight times from right-back in an exciting Luton Town side that won English League One to gain promotion to the Championship.

Still just 23 years of age though, his signing as a first-choice right-back could be seen as something of a risk considering he has never played regularly above that level.

Lustig was clearly regressing in his final few months at Celtic but was still an immensely experienced player for club and country and replacing him this summer isn’t going to be so easy.

Expecting a League One talent, albeit a stand-out one, to fill his boots from the off at a massive club like the Hoops seems like a tall order.

As back-up he could play an effective role and grow into the squad, but Celtic should be looking at a more experienced player, preferably with European experience, to replace the veteran Swede in the short-term.

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