Former Celtic keeper Michael McGovern makes Premier League debut

By Connor Gordon

September 30, 2019

Former Celtic goalkeeper Michael McGovern made his Premier League debut on Saturday for Norwich City.

McGovern is fresh from signing a new contract at Carrow Road earlier this year. Despite a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, the 35-year-old is encouraged with his showing.

Ex Celtic stopper Michael McGovern is happy with Premier League showing

The third choice keeper couldn’t believe his luck when injuries kept the other two from playing.

Tim Krul’s injury is allowing former Celtic keeper Michael McGovern to have game time. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

First choice Tim Krul and sub keeper Ralf Fahrmann are out for the foreseeable.

McGovern came on after 22 minutes with the score at 1-0 thanks to a penalty. This is allowing the former Hamilton Accies keeper to show what he can do. McGovern hasn’t made an appearance for Norwich since a 3-0 defeat in the Championship to Huddersfield.

The ex-Hoops stopper signed a new deal with Norwich earlier this year and couldn’t be happier.

He told Pinkun: “The chance of the Premier League doesn’t come around very often, especially when you’re 34, I had to take it.

“I work hard every day in training so that I’m ready to take my chances, and that’s happened.

Michael McGovern making his Premier League debut. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

“For myself personally it’s been good but I don’t want to see it happening with injuries. Tim and Ralf are brilliant guys, great goalkeepers and I’m disappointed for them.”

No Scottish football return for keeper on the horizon

At the end of his Hamilton season, McGovern impressed everyone with his World Cup showing.

Northern Ireland were battlers and McGovern embodied that which attracted his former boss to him.

Michael McGovern in action for Hamilton Accies before Norwich City switch. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)

Alex Neil signed him after the tournament and he hasn’t came back up the road since.

There will be Hamilton fans praying that the veteran stopper is eyeing a return to their club. Some Celtic fans will also be seeing if there’s a possibility of McGovern coming back to the Hoops in a coaching role.

Nevertheless, McGovern appears to be happy where he is but the future remains a question mark.