Celtic may have an interesting goalkeeping decision to make should they progress to the group stage of this season’s Europa League.
Neil Lennon’s men are in a commanding position after Thursday night’s 2-0 success at home to Swedish champions AIK. The job is far from done but they will go into the Stockholm clash with plenty of confidence that they can edge through.
And if they do they may have an intriguing decision to make in the squad registration for the group stage. As the ever reliable @Moravcik67_ points out on Twitter, the Hoops may have to choose to drop one of their goalkeepers for the six round robin matches.
2. There are specific squad rules about GK's.
– We have to have 2 in List A, and 3 in total.
– If a List A GK will be injured for more than 30 days, we can replace him.
It means we can safely leave one out, knowing we're covered in the event of injury. But which?
— Moravcik67 (@Moravcik67_) August 23, 2019
What will Celtic do if they make the Europa League?
There doesn’t seem to be too much need for Lennon to go in with three senior goalkeepers for such a short run of games. The chances of two or more goalkeepers getting injured at the same time is extremely rare, and even then we would be able to call upon Conor Hazard who would be on our List B of players.
So Lennon is unlikely to sacrifice an outfielder to have three senior keepers, but that means he’ll have to reveal his cards with regards to his options. The Northern Irishman will effectively have to say which goalkeeper he ranks lowest of the three – and that can’t be easy to do.
He’d be unlikely to drop Forster as that would make the recent signing seem pretty pointless. Scott Bain has been his number one in recent weeks so you’d reckon he’d be in there. But Craig Gordon has more European experience.
It’s just one of the many interesting things worth keeping your eye on if we do make it past AIK next week.