Celtic are reportedly close to completing a deal to sign defender Manny Perez, according to the Scotsman.

The young American right-back, who currently plays for North Carolina State University, was taken on trial by the Hoops during December.

The 19-year old evidently impressed manager Brendan Rodgers, and is now close to signing a deal to remain at Parkhead on a permanent basis.

Perez will become the third American starlet to join the Bhoys this transfer window, following the additions of Andrew Gutman and Paris Saint-Germain loanee Timothy Weah.