Latest display suggests Celtic should keep a close eye on Cammy Kerr

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers wants to build a youthful Celtic squad with a domestic spine and Dundee's Cammy Kerr would fit right in.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

Anthony Ralston of Celtic during the International Champions Cup series match between Barcelona and Celtic at Aviva Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

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.

Cammy Kerr for Dundee at the Pre Season Friendly between Dundee and Everton at Dens Park on July 28th, 2015 in Dundee, Scotland.

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.

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