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Manny Perez seems an unlikely signing target for Celtic.

Earlier today an Instagram post revealed that the defender had been on trial at Lennoxtown last week but it’s quite a leap to suggest that he could be replacing Mikael Lustig.

Perez is a college footballer who has been capped at u-20 level for the United States, unless he is absolutely exceptional he isn’t going to be thrown into a treble chasing side or, all being well on Thursday, a Europa League last 32 tie.

With the current extremely limited Reserve set up in Scottish football there is no system for Celtic to place a ‘project signing’ into.

The first team demands are exceptionally high as Ryan Christie will testify, it probably takes 18 months of exposure to the demands of the SPFL to make a player ready to impact on the Celtic first team.

Taking a look at emerging players is an essential part of recruiting players, the chances are that Celtic will watch Perez develop from a distance, if he impresses they’ll have a good grasp of what he has to offer after his stint at Lennoxtown.

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