Report: Arsenal set to solve Hibs goalkeeping woes ahead of Celtic trip

By David Walton

January 7, 2021

Arsenal look set to solve the Hibs goalkeeping crisis ahead of Monday night’s game at Celtic Park, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

Jack Ross has suffered a bit of a selection disaster in recent weeks. With Ofir Marciano injured and Dillon Barnes being called back to QPR, Hibs were short of options. Their next best goalkeeper, Kevin Dabrowski, is currently on loan with Dumbarton too.

This left Hibs with the potential prospect of bringing first-team coach Craig Samson in to play. Thankfully for them, the Edinburgh Evening News has reported that Macey was undergoing a medical yesterday.

It, therefore, stands to reason that he’ll be playing at Celtic Park on Monday. It’s going to be one heck of an acid test for him, up against the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths etc.

But Macey won’t be coming to Scotland with no experience. He’s played regularly in the past for Plymouth Argyle and Luton Town. He’s also appeared for Accrington Stanley and even has two Arsenal senior appearances to his name too.

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From Neil Lennon’s perspective, he’ll be hoping it doesn’t matter who Hibs have in goal. You would like to think that with the chances we’ll create on Monday night, we’ll be absolutely fine.

In fact, better than that, you would expect Celtic to rattle home a fair few after Saturday. That Ibrox defeat is still a bitter pill that’s being swallowed. Celtic will want to turn on the style and get the ball rolling on the second half of the season.

The recent criticism of the club’s Dubai trip also won’t help Hibs. That should make the Parkhead players all the more determined to prove there are benefits in going there. Taking that out on Hibs would be a good start in doing that.

Matt Macey in Arsenal training (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

However, in saying that, Macey will be looking to have the game of his life. When players sign for Premiership clubs outside of Celtic, this is the fixture they look forward to. Coming up against the champions and making a name for yourself. That’s what’ll be going through the Arsenal youngster’s mind if this deal is completed.

As for Celtic, it’s almost certain we’ll have no names in the door before Monday night. You wouldn’t expect us to start making signings until later in the window, as is regularly the case.

Regardless, we should still have enough in our locker to sweep aside Hibs.

In other news, clubs in Scotland are reportedly fuming with the Scottish Government just days after they lambasted Celtic.