Celtic have tabled a £2million bid for Luton Town’s Jack Stacey, The Scottish Sun have reported.
A versatile player who can operate in defence or midfield, Stacey joined Luton from Reading in the summer of 2017, helping The Hatters win back to back promotions from League Two to the Championship during his two campaigns with the club, making 95 appearances in all competitions in the process.
Stacey was named the club’s young player of the year in his first season at Kenilworth Road, before being crowned player of the season as the club secured promotion back to the Championship last year.
As well as the Scottish champions, Luton’s Championship rivals for next season, Stoke City, are also thought to be interested in signing the 23-year-old.
Stacey is out of contract at Kenilworth Road next summer, meaning that this could be Luton’s last chance to get a fee for the utility man.
So would Stacey be a good signing for Celtic?
We put that question to some of our Football League World writers.
“Stacey has been brilliant at Luton since joining two years and he could be a fantastic signing for Celtic.
“He provides great energy up and down the right flank. He is great defensively but also excelled going forward last season, contributing four goals and eight assists.
“Celtic have needed someone with attacking intent at right-back, and he is an upgrade on the departing Lustig.
“At £2m and only 24-years-old he could prove to be a bargain too, he should do well for Celtic and could later move on for a much bigger fee”
“This could be a good signing for Celtic.
“Stacey played a big part in stepping up to help see Luton over the line in their promotion to the Championship, so he could deal with the pressure of competing for silverware with Celtic.
“His versatility as well would make him a useful asset for Celtic to call upon in a variety of positions should injuries and suspensions force them to do so.
“With Stacey out of contract next summer, Luton may be willing to let him go for something rather than nothing this year, which could see the reported £2million offer prove to be a very good price for Celtic to pay for a promising young player, who still has plenty of potential to develop further.”
“This would be a brilliant signing, even though it could be classed as a gamble.
“Stacey doesn’t have that much experience of playing senior football at a high level, which will be a concern for Celtic supporters.
“But the youngster was one of Luton’s key players in their promotion to to the Championship last season, and I think he’s the type of player which could adjust to the step up with Celtic in the future.
“His energy at full-back would make him a real asset for Lennon’s side, and I think he’d fit in perfectly to their team as they look to compete another domestic treble.
“A smart bit of business if he can hit the ground running.”