Celtic do not appear short of options on the right hand side of defence right now but it will be interesting to see whether the situation remains the same in 12 months’ time.
Mikael Lustig remains Celtic’s first choice right-back but understudy Cristian Gamboa has clearly failed to win over manager Brendan Rodgers, struggling for game time last season after moving from West Bromwich Albion.
And although highly-rated youngster Anthony Ralston is seen in some quarters as Lustig’s long-term successor, forming a homegrown full-back partnership with Kieran Tierney, reports in the Scottish Sun that West Ham United are very interested could test the Scottish Champions’ resolve.
Therefore, with Rodgers targeting some of Britain’s most exciting young prospects, bringing Kundai Benyu, Patrick Roberts and Olivier Ntcham to Parkhead this summer alone, it makes sense for the Celtic boss to keep a close eye on Dundee’s 22-year-old Cammy Kerr.
One for the future
Kerr enjoyed a fine breakthrough campaign last season and proved his promise with a fine performance in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Celtic in March. Defending astutely while pushing forwards with intelligence and intent, Kerr performed reliably at both ends of the pitch.
And it says a lot about the boyhood Dundee fan’s attitude that he was handed the vice captaincy by manager Neil McCann at the age of just 21 at the start of the season while agreeing a contract extension until 2019.
And it should come as little surprise that Kerr stood out once again despite his Dundee side going down 4-1 to Rangers on Saturday. Kerr made a number of vital challenges, one apiece to deny Kenny Miller and Niko Kranjcar, as he once again showcased his talents.
And while a move to Celtic would come too soon for Kerr, Rodgers should keep a keen eye on his progress as he aims to build a youthful squad capable of dominating the domestic game for years to come.