Report: Celtic target Mat Ryan favours Real Sociedad move; medical due this week

By David Walton

July 4, 2021

Celtic target Mat Ryan will have a medical in Spain this week ahead of a move to Real Sociedad, the Daily Mail reports.

The report claims that a fee has been agreed between Brighton and La Liga club Real. This has led to a medical being booked in what looks an ominous update for Celtic.

Sky Sports reported last month that Ange Postecoglou was looking to reunite with his former Australia goalkeeper. The pair had previously worked together with the Aussie national team. However, the Mail believes that a move to Spain appeals to Ryan as he looks for first-team football.

This is a massively frustrating update for Celtic supporters, who were keen on the prospect of Ryan being signed. Mundo Deportivo even reported last night that he could be bought for as low as €3million [£2.6m].

However, it looks as though Celtic are on the verge of missing out. As of yet, there has been no reported offer put forward by the Hoops.

Celtic need to swiftly move on if Mat Ryan chooses Real Sociedad switch

It’s an undoubted blow. This looked like potentially being Postecoglou’s main target this summer. Granted, the Celtic boss has never openly admitted to wanting Ryan at the football club.

There’s no denying he’s better than what we currently have. He has 124 appearances in the Premier League and 58 caps for Australia stretching back to 2012 [Transfermarkt]. The fact he had worked with Postecoglou looked like it was going to work in our favour.

What makes it even more frustrating is that time is running out to get a new goalkeeper in for the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland on July 20th. With a registration deadline date of July 15th, we have 11 days to get our business done.

Mat Ryan (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

At this rate, we’re looking at either having Scott Bain or Vasilis Barkas in between the sticks for that one. Freddie Woodman is an alternative name linked with the Hoops, but there doesn’t appear to be much progress there either.

Pre-season could give Celtic supporters an opportunity to see what direction Postecogloyu decides to go in. Barkas ended last season with two consecutive clean sheets after making a late return to the starting XI. It would be interesting to see whether he can rediscover his form under the new man.

But as for Ryan, this is one we quickly need to forget about. Celtic should have alternatives in mind. The board has to show a more efficient manner of working than they did last summer. How we respond to transfer setbacks will give us a key indicator of whether they’re succeeding in that regard. Let’s what follows over the next 11 days.

In other news, Kenny Dalglish believes this Celtic player is in for a close examination in Wales.