Celtic to battle West Ham for exciting 20-year-old

Celtic are the latest side to enter the race for Gillingham defender Jack Tucker, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

They face opposition from Premier League duo West Ham and Aston Villa, as well as Glasgow rivals Rangers in their pursuit of the 20-year-old. It’s reported they have scouted the centre back since the beginning of the year.

Tucker has been a regular for Steve Evans side as they’ve gone 15 matches unbeaten in League One, basing their climb on one of the tightest defences in the division. It’s believed that Championship side Brentford had a £1m bid rejected for the youngster during the January transfer window.

Tucker, who started his career with Whitstable Town before being snapped up by the Gills at the age of seven, has made just 35 appearances for League One side after making his debut against Portsmouth in October 2017.

He caught the eye in West Ham’s recent cup tie with the Kent outfit and has since been falling onto the radar of scouts up and down the UK.


Our View

We’ve seen Tucker in action first hand this season and the biggest compliment we can give him is he didn’t look out of place amongst some very experienced defenders.

He’s a classy centre back with a great touch and plenty of pace as well. It’s obvious when a player of his quality shines in a big cup tie, scouts will start to take note.

Gillingham could do with an injection of cash to back up the promise Steve Evans is showing as manager and his golden ticket might just be the 20-year-old defender.

 

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