Australian Premier League keeper up for sale in January; might Celtic swoop?

By Euan Davidson

December 19, 2020

Celtic have endured a confusing and frustrating goalkeeping situation this season.

Vasilis Barkas joined in July for £4.5m (BBC) but has been dropped twice, once for Scott Bain, the other time for Conor Hazard.

Now, a Premier League side’s international goalkeeper could be up for grabs in the January transfer window.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has admitted that Socceroos stopper Mat Ryan could be let go in January (Sky Sports).

Ryan, who holds 58 caps for Australia, is valued at around £7m (Transfermarkt), but the Seagulls could be open to a loan move or a structured deal.

Dropped for Brighton’s goalless draw with Fulham on Tuesday, Ryan is likely to leave England’s south coast during the January transfer window.

 

Could Celtic come calling for Brighton’s Ryan? / (Visionhaus)

More Celtic-Brighton business ahead?

Potter told Sky Sports:

“At the same time, you know the situation may be for him (Ryan) that he wants to be in a better position in terms of somewhere where he is more able to play or move involved in playing.

“I think out of respect for Mat, you’ve got to give him that freedom to do that. But in the end, it’s down to Mat and the club.”

Ryan, who signed for Brighton from Valencia in 2017 (AS), is the club’s record Premier League appearance holder. However, he’s failed to convince Graham Potter of his qualities in the long-term.

Celtic fans might be wary of doing more business with Brighton, following Shane Duffy’s patchy performances.

However, at 28, Mathew Ryan is a seasoned veteran with plentiful international experience. Yes, he’s been part of a leaky Brighton defence this season (WhoScored?), but Celtic could make a really wise move by bringing the Australian in.

With Fraser Forster unwilling to publicly address a potential return to Celtic, Ryan could bolster the Bhoys’ defence and provide solidity, great reactions and distribution to the side.

He’d join an elite club in doing so; Tom Rogic, Mark Viduka, Scott McDonald and Daniel Arzani are Celtic’s only other Australian players throughout the club’s history.