Scott Bain did well as Celtic’s number one last season, taking over from Craig Gordon but with the club likely flush with cash soon and a healthy amount already in the bank it could be the perfect time to upgrade on the former Dundee man.
Bain showed early promise between the Parkhead posts but began to make mistakes as Celtic limped– by their recent awesome standards– to a domestic treble of trophies. Bain has shown he’s a solid understudy but if Celtic are to harbour serious ambitions of making a dent in Europe then they might be best splashing some cash in the direction of these two goalkeepers.
One man who has been linked to Celtic of late is Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic. Despite making a league-high of five errors leading to goals in the Premier League last season Begovic is still a classy keeper capable of playing at the highest level. The fact that Begovic was dropped towards the end of the season in favour of former Celtic stopper Artur Boruc and latterly young Mark Travers might be a good thing as Bournemouth look to lower their asking price for a player who is no longer a guaranteed pick for the first team. With Eddie Howe being linked to Stoke goalie Jack Butland that too could be a sign for Celtic to do a cut-price deal for a keeper who would immediately come in and improve the squad.
Another who would raise the level of the starting XI is Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. A weekly wage of £60,000 is a bit of a worry for Celtic as they wouldn’t be able to budget that much for a single player but the fact that Liverpool are looking for back-up keepers to Alisson should give Neil Lennon hope that a deal for the Belgian international is possible. Mignolet could be a brilliant signing for the Celts but you’d imagine his Anfield wages would have to be at least halved if he were to turn up in Glasgow next season. You’d like to think, having spent a year largely on the Liverpool bench, that the 31-year-old would want to be playing regular football and that’s something that he’d certainly get at Parkhead.
The signing of a new goalkeeper isn’t Lennon’s or Celtic’s number one priority this summer given the holes in the defence but if either of these proven Premier League stoppers were to become available then they’d be foolish to dismiss Celtic’s interest given they’d both make for potentially great players at a club on the verge of making history.