Celtic’s reported interest in Liam Kelly is certainly an interesting one.
Not to do with the player himself. Kelly has had a stunning season in which he’s managed to record an impressive 17 shutouts for Livingston. Two of them have come against Celtic, with one even being at Parkhead.
The former Rangers academy star has really come of age in the Premiership this season. And interest in him is hardly a surprise given the season he’s had.
But it opens up a couple of interesting questions from a Celtic point of view.
The first of which is whether this is a direct replacement for Dorus de Vries. de Vries has been an absolute disaster of a signing, and has made just 15 appearances in two-and-a-half years at the club.
His contract is up at the end of the season. Therefore, in terms of squad numbers, de Vries heading out and Kelly coming in would make sense, right?
Except for the problem here is then the fact that Kelly likely wouldn’t come to Parkhead to be third-choice. The third-choice goalkeeping spot at Celtic isn’t exactly full of opportunities. Why on earth would Kelly swap playing week-in, week-out, if he had very little chance of challenging Scott Bain at Celtic?
So what about Craig Gordon then?
So that leads to the question of Craig Gordon’s position at Celtic. He hasn’t been part of the matchday squad now for the last eight matches. This was originally down to a knee injury, but there’s been no update on it since.
Gordon has just one year left on his Celtic contract. It wouldn’t be surprising if the club moved him on given he’s likely to want first-team action next season. That’s where the acquisition of a goalkeeper like Kelly would make real sense.
But there’s been no indication that Celtic want to lose Gordon either. Something has to give in this scenario, however.
It’s highly unlikely de Vries stays. If he goes and Kelly wants to come and be third choice, it will be a real surprise. Even coming to Parkhead to be second choice might not be looked at too fondly for the Livi number one.
It’s starting to look as though Celtic are set to do some work on this position in the summer, even if they don’t really need to.
But what does the future hold for Gordon in particular next season? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.