Celtic won’t be signing goalkeeper Joe Bursik on a pre-contract this month after the former Hoops target agreed a new deal at parent club Stoke City.
The 19-year-old, who was linked with Neil Lennon’s men by Football Insider back in mid-December, has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Potters.
The original report said that we were “very keen” to bring in Bursik, although it seems that interest has come to nothing.
✍️ City's highly-rated goalkeeper, Joe Bursik, has today signed a new long-term contract with the Potters.#SCFC 🔴⚪️
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 15, 2020
England under-20 international Bursik will remain on loan at Accrington Stanley until the end of the season, before returning to Stoke.
Bursik says he’s happy to have Stoke future sorted
Bursik is quoted as telling the official Stoke website: “It’s a great moment for me, getting my second professional deal done, and even better to have it here – a club where I want to be playing.
“Everyone’s goal is to play in the first team, get as many games as possible and have a good career.
“I really think Stoke is the Club for me to do that.”
Celtic goalkeeping recruitment will be very interesting
We’ll never know to what extent Celtic were interested in the youngster, or indeed if there was even any interest at all.
One thing that has become apparent over the past week or so is that we do seem keen on adding another goalkeeper to our ranks.
Along with Bursik, Sheffield Wednesday’s Cameron Dawson has also been mentioned as a potential arrival. He, too, is out of contract at the end of the season and would therefore be available on a cut-price deal.
Hopefully these various reports aren’t evidence that we’re going to skimp it when recruiting a new keeper in the summer.
The fans will want to see some money spent on a stopper, even if a deal for Fraser Forster can’t be completed.
You would hope that moves for the likes of Bursik and Dawson are with being back-up in mind. But then there’s the debate over Scott Bain – who signed a contract extension in October.
Whatever happens, it’s going to be lively in the goalkeeping department over the next six months.