Celtic Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond has been given instructions to find a new senior goalkeeper ahead of the summer transfer window, website Football Insider report.
The outlet say that the Hoops have no plans to offer Craig Gordon a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Gordon reportedly sought an exit from Celtic Park in the closing stages of the January window, with old club Hearts showing serious interest (Scottish Sun).
As a result, Hammond is now on the hunt for viable candidates to play between the sticks at Celtic Park.
It’s a position that could be seriously transformed in the next transfer window, so it makes perfect sense this is now a priority for the club.
How urgent is Celtic’s hunt for a goalkeeper?
With Fraser Forster only on loan for the season from Southampton, it’s certainly an area of the team that has an uncertain future.
Gordon looks to be on his way out, leaving just Scott Bain in position to move forward as our number one.
There’s a chance we manage to sort out of the financials of a permanent move for Forster. He’s been in stunning enough form this season.
He’s conceded just 20 goals in 31 matches this term, helping keep 14 clean sheets (Transfermarkt).
The giant shot-stopper has also made magnificent saves in some of our biggest games of the season against Lazio and Rangers.
However, negotiating with teams from the Premier League can be tough and it’s not something we can consider guaranteed.
Bain has been injured for most of the season so far after suffering a hand injury but has recently returned to the bench, so at least we don’t have to worry about being left entirely short.
The 28-year-old signed a new contract in October that keeps him at the club until 2023, so he’s clearly valued by the coaching staff.
It’s heartening to hear though that we are not taking the position for granted and are actively seeking recruits in the event we need to sign a quality, first-team calibre goalie.