Robin Olsen is bossing Euro 2020; time for Celtic to make their move

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen is absolutely flying at Euro 2020, and it’s about time Celtic approached Roma about a possible transfer.

Celtic were said to be in the market for Olsen last summer. However, whilst the Hoops had approached the Serie A about a loan deal, we weren’t willing to pay half of his wages [Il Messaggero].

Olsen would instead spend the season on loan at Everton. But the Swede would only play as backup to Jordan Pickford, and would end the season with only 11 appearances to his name [Transfermarkt]. Interestingly, only two of those games would end in defeat.

Now he’s scheduled to head back to Roma, who reportedly value him at between €5m-€6m [£4.3m-£5.1m] [Il Romanista]. The latest is that both Brighton and Burnley are interested in the stopper [Calciomercato].

However, given the importance of the position, Celtic should be absolutely all over this over the course of the summer.

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Robin Olsen to Celtic would be a marquee signing

When we talk about bringing marquee players to Celtic, we’re not talking about trying to sign £10m-£15m players on the cheap. We’re talking bringing in high quality for a good price that will improve the squad.

Olsen fits that bracket. Last summer, we splashed out £4.5m on 3Vasilis Barkas [Scottish Sun]. So we’ve proven the money is there to splash out on a goalkeeper if we wish to do so. Given our troubles with the position last season, that looks a certainty.

Sure, it doesn’t look likely. Sky Sports claimed earlier this month that new manager Ange Postecoglou is eyeing up Brighton stopper Mat Ryan. But Olsen could be an option of even higher quality if we decide to take the plunge.

Robin Olsen is bossing it at Euro 2020 (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)

So far he’s been dominant for Sweden at Euro 2020. He’s unbeaten, bagged two clean sheets against Spain and Slovakia, and is arguably the goalkeeper of the tournament so far. He was rated the highest of any player against Spain on opening day too by stat-trackers WhoScored. Olsen was given a rating of 8.01/10.

There isn’t an avalanche of top sides queuing up to sign Olsen. He’s available, although it would depend on whether he would be willing to take a wage drop. That would all depend on whether the player prefers money to medals.

But Celtic should be asking the question. Olsen would prove to be the answer to our goalkeeping woes, it feels foolish not to go in with an offer.

In other news, a fresh move for a player who has turned down Celtic several times is splitting the fans.