Celtic should move for Daniel Bachmann this summer

By Hamish Carton

August 15, 2019

If Celtic are in the market for a new goalkeeper in the closing weeks of this summer’s transfer window then they could be interested by Daniel Bachmann.

The 25-year-old Austrian shot-stopper rose to prominence while playing for Steve Clarke’s high-flying Kilmarnock last season. The Killie loanee started as second-choice keeper at the Ayrshire club before going on to play in 25 of their 38 Premiership matches.

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And as Killie finished a remarkable third, Bachmann was part of the defence that shipped just 31 goals all season.

He’s back now at parent club Watford but hasn’t featured for them since the friendly match against Ajax on July 18th. Bachmann wasn’t even in the squad for the Hornets’ opening clash of the new season – a 3-0 reversal at home to Brighton.

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Bachmann could be just what Celtic are looking for

The 6ft 3in Austrian certainly looked a big presence in his brief spell in Scotland. He commanded his area well and wasn’t afraid to ruffle the feathers of a few attackers.

His performances didn’t go totally unnoticed either. In early April, the Scotsman reported that Bachmann was attracting interest from Rangers. Those murmurings clearly came to nothing but that doesn’t mean Celtic couldn’t make their move.

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The Austrian would probably be available on a pretty low fee. He has good experience of the Scottish game and has held his own at the likes of Ibrox and Tynecastle already. At 25 years old he also has a resale value if he has a couple of good seasons.

If Neil Lennon isn’t convinced by either Scott Bain or Craig Gordon then he should at least get on the phone to Watford and see what they’re looking for. We could do with a big personality in goals right now – Bachmann certainly fits that description.