Celtic are well into their pre-season preparations but are yet to secure an experienced back-up or alternative option to Scott Bain in goals and despite backing from Scott Brown, it is an obvious problem that needs to be solved.
Speaking to Football Insider, Alan Hutton feels that Neil Lennon would have wanted the situation rectified sooner rather than later as they face starting the season with just one recognised senior stopper.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked to reflect on the current goalkeeping situation at Celtic and the lack of signings following the departures of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon, he said:
“I think it’s difficult, they’d have wanted to do what Rangers did and sign a goalkeeper early on and it’s not worked out.
“The Fraser Forster thing looks maybe dead in the water, Joe Hart, Vladky from St Mirren, David Marshall getting bandied about – there’s all these names around.
“They would have wanted a player in ASAP to get used to the back four or back three, however he’s playing, play alongside them, build up the understanding between the goalkeeper and the defence. You need that, you need that block to move forward.
“It’s not working out at well at the moment.”
So is Hutton correct?
The Celtic recruitment team – rightly or wrongly – had obviously placed all their eggs in the basket of re-signing Forster, however, for a variety of reasons that deal hasn’t worked out. This has led to the current situation that Lennon and his team find themselves in.
The last ditch attempts to get Gordon to extend his stay were embarrassing, especially with the keeper revealing that the offer that had been made to him was significantly less than he was already on.
Lennon and Nick Hammond now have to decide whether or not they are going to back Bain and get a solid understudy in or if they look for a more experienced keeper to throw in at the deep end of the club’s attempts to become history makers – the only other explanation for the lack of activity is that they already have a target that has committed to the club and are waiting for the window to open, any other reason is reckless at best, and negligent at worst.