By Coral Barry
Celtic are poised to swoop for Bradley Dack after Gillingham made it clear they are ready to sell the midfielder, according to a report.
Dack, 22, has been in superb form for the Gills this season and has been watched closely by Celtic, as well as Brighton and Premier League club Crystal Palace.
The promising attack-minded midfielder has grabbed 15 goals in all competitions this campaign despite watching from the sidelines for over a month because of a hamstring injury.
Gillingham narrowly missed out on a play-off spot in League One on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Millwall and the Daily Mail report that the season’s disappointing end has convinced the Gills to cash in on their star player with Celtic in pole position to land him.
Dack was voted League One’s Player of the Season and is valued at around £2million by his club.
The midfielder has drawn comparisons with Tottenham’s combative and free-scoring sensation Dele Alli, who lit up League One last year with the MK Dons.
Dack took over Alli’s mantel this campaign and is believed to possess the same talent and determination as the Spurs man.
The lower league star has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of the now England international Alli.
The news will put Celtic on high alert as the Scottish giants look to freshen up a lethargic Hoops squad and add the necessary quality to a team that needs to be capable of challenging for a spot in the Champions League group stages.
Celtic have failed to make it through the qualifying rounds of the Champions League in Ronny Deila’s two years in charge at the club and are desperate to find a manager capable of engineering a return to Europe’s biggest stage.
Dack has been providing goals almost as much as he has been scoring them this season, with nine assists to add to the 13 strikes he has produced in 39 League One appearances.
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally is reportedly eager to push through a transfer before the player’s valuation plummets.
Dack will enter the final two years of his contract this summer and is not expected to sign an extension.
The Mail claim Gillingham rejected a £1.8million offer from Bristol City in January and are confident that they can demand an even higher fee for his services once the transfer window opens in July.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops faithful have given tribute to the departing Deila.