Celtic are reportedly interested in Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
According to the Chronicle, the Hoops are keen on the English shot-stopper, who has only made one appearance for the Magpies this season.
In total, Darlow has made just under 60 appearances for the St James’ Park outfit. But the Chronicle believes that he would cost Celtic £3million if they were to make a move this summer.
Darlow also has experience of the lower leagues in England. He had unproductive spells at Walsall and Newport County in his younger days. His most productive season to date was in the 2016/17 campaign, when he featured 36 times for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle. That was, however, when the Toon Army were down in the Championship.
Since being promoted, Darlow has only been given 13 outings, and has kept clean sheets in just two of them. Martin Dubravka’s arrival has pushed Darlow to the side, and the Hoops have now been credited with an interest.
A replacement will need to be signed
Not many will have seen Darlow frequently, but this is an area that Celtic could do with bolstering in the summer.
Dorus de Vries will almost certainly be leaving the club as his contract comes to an end. And as shown with Craig Gordon’s injury during the second half of the season, a third-choice goalkeeper is most certainly worth having.
Darlow hasn’t done a lot wrong at Newcastle. His form in the Championship led to them being promoted as champions. During that season, he managed 15 clean sheets in 36 games. A further 13 of those games only saw the opposition slot one goal past him.
His record in the Premier League hasn’t been great, but he’s barely been given much of a chance from Benitez this season.
There is, of course, the question about whether he would actually come to Parkhead if he wasn’t first-choice. Celtic could see this as an upgrade on Scott Bain, but Bain’s form since becoming number one back in January has been terrific.
£3m would certainly be a sizable sum for a goalkeeper that wasn’t going to feature much. In any case, Celtic could do with an added choice as de Vries’ contract comes to an end. Whether this one is a goer, however, feels doubtful.