CELTIC were heavily linked with Jack Stacey over the past few weeks but in the end, the prospect of playing in the Premier League and the riches that can bring won the day for Bournemouth.

The defender signs on with the English side after making over 50 appearances for Luton last season and being one of their best performers.

Stacey is delighted to sign on with his new club and admitted there were a few clubs interested in signing him before he chose his next move.

“I’m very happy.” Stacey told the Bournemouth website.

“There were a few clubs interested, but Bournemouth was always the one I saw myself at.

“This is a great club with a fantastic manager who helps establish young players, so that made it an easy decision in the end.

“I believe I can thrive here and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Celtic deal looked dead in the water when SunSport confirmed over the weekend that Luton had accepted a £4million bid for the right back.

Since then, Celtic have turned their attention to Tommy Smith of Huddersfield in a bid to fill their problem position. At the moment, Celtic only have one right back in Anthony Ralston.

It’s a position which needs to be addressed immediately.


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