Reported Celtic target Liam Kelly has opted to join up with his former manager Mark Warburton at Queens Park Rangers. The 23-year-old moved to the English side for an undisclosed fee after triggering a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave Livingston.
In May, the Scottish Sun reported that Celtic were interested in the goalkeeper who had a standout first season in the Premiership for Gary Holt’s side. Things soon went quiet on the Kelly front so it was no real surprise to see him move elsewhere.
Celtic’s current goalkeeping situation
Celtic currently have two first-team, experienced goalkeepers at the club. Scott Bain has the number one jersey (metaphorically) after making a great contribution in the second-half of the season. The former Dundee keeper conceded just 11 goals in 31 matches between the sticks.
He took over from Craig Gordon who played the majority of the first-half of the season. The 36-year-old didn’t fare as well as Bain though, conceding 27 goals in his 32 matches. Gordon’s future is up for debate this summer although he does have another year still to go on his contract.
Celtic also have two youth goalkeepers who could be ready to make the step up to first-team matters this season. Conor Hazard and Ross Doohan spent spells on loan at Partick Thistle and Ayr United respectively last season. Both were born in March 1998 and have a big chance to impress the new manager this summer.
Do we need someone else?
Celtic’s need for another goalkeeper probably depends on the future of Craig Gordon. The former Hearts and Sunderland man would make a reliable back-up keeper should he be happy to sit in the wings. If he wants to move on then the club really need to find a more experienced option to play second fiddle.
The departure of Dorus De Vries leaves us one down from last season so it will be interesting to see if either Doohan or Hazard are asked to make the step up. Both have real potential but will need to hit the ground running if and when they’re given a chance.