BRENDAN RODGERS has managed to sneak in a full-back to Lennoxtown without many people noticing.

It has come to light the Celtic staff have been running the rule over a potential long-term replacement for Mikael Lustig.

Manny Perez (Pictured Below) has been on trial with Celtic over the past few days with a view to the club signing him.

Perez, 19, currently plays for North Carolina State University and has been singled out as a big player for the USA national team in the future.

Celtic are looking to up their efforts to bring in a player who can make the right-back position their own in the next year or two.

At 19, it would be a gamble but an inexpensive gamble for the club.

Celtic has an option to sign Mikael Lustig up on a year extension and this clause could be triggered in the coming weeks. Could there be another changing of the guard over a season, much like Kieran Tierney did with Emilio Izaguirre?

The important thing is this shows the scale of Celtic’s current scouting operations as they try and unearth proper talent for the first team.




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