Celtic have been given encouragement in their efforts to source a goalkeeping alternative to Fraser Forster with the news that Claudio Bravo has refused to rule out a move to Parkhead in the future, as reported by The Daily Record.
The Manchester City stopper is out of contract in the coming days and would be able to move to the Hoops on a free with the 37-year old providing the experience needed to handle the pressure of life as the champion’s man between the sticks.
When asked about recent speculation linking him with Arsenal, Galatasaray and Celtic, he said:
“There is nowhere in the world I would not consider playing.
“I’ve read the names of the clubs that have been linked with me and I regard that as an honour because they are very good clubs.
“I’m proud that I have attracted interest from the clubs mentioned.
“What I and my family are looking for is a club with stability and a comfortable environment to live.
“It depends on several factors, it depends on the club and the project that the club has.
“I will consider all my options and make a decision soon.”
To say Bravo is experienced is an understatement, with 123 international caps for Chile, he has competed at the highest level of football for years including a ten year stint in La Liga with Real Sociedad and Barcelona, demonstrating that he more than meets the requirements of a Celtic number one.
With uncertainty remaining over Neil Lennon’s efforts to see Fraser Forster return to the club and Craig Gordon unlikely to put pen to paper over a new deal given his recent comments, the position has quickly become a priority for the recruitment team at Parkhead.
That Celtic were credited with a last ditch attempt to sign Jon McLaughlin – from under the noses of their city rivals – suggests that they will leave no stone unturned as they look to secure an experienced stopper capable of marshalling the defence in what is sure to be one of the most exciting seasons in the club’s history.