Goalkeeper Robin Olsen to become available again this summer after 2020 Celtic link

By David Walton

May 24, 2021

With 2020/2021 in the books, Celtic could do a lot worse than look for a new goalkeeper this summer.

Some may say it’s essential in fact. Vasilis Barkas may have ended the season with two clean sheets, but he’s failed to inspire this season. Scott Bain, meanwhile, has proven that he isn’t good enough to take the Parkhead number one jersey either. As for Connor Hazard, it doesn’t look as though he’s quite ready just yet.

So the new manager will need to make a decision in the goalkeeping department. Not that it’s the only big gap we’ll have in the squad this summer. You could say work is needed in all 11 positions.

But looking in between the sticks in particular, there’s one potentially exciting option that looks set to be available this summer. Everton’s on-loan Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Olsen was linked with Celtic as recently as last summer before his move to Merseyside. The Hoops were said to be keen on him, but didn’t want to pay half his wages [Il Messaggero].

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2020 Celtic goalkeeper target Robin Olsen looks available to sign permanently

Now, the situation appears to have changed. His time at Everton hasn’t gone well. Despite impressing in his 11 outings this term, he’s played back-up to Jordan Pickford. The Premier League club will have a meeting early this week to discuss Olsen’s future and a number of other players [Liverpool Echo].

But Roma appear keen to get him off the wage bill. Italian outlet Il Romanista believe the Serie A side want Everton to pay €5m-€6m for Olsen [£4.3m-£5.2m]. That would certainly be in Celtic’s pay bracket this summer if we wanted to make a move.

And if you’re looking for an impressive CV, Olsen certainly has that. At 31, he has 175 appearances to his name with Malmo and Copenhagen respectively. He’s also made 35 outings for Roma, who he signed for back in July 2018. He has extensive Champions League and Europa League experience too. That’s not even mentioning the 42 Sweden caps he has to his name. Olsen was part of their Euro 2016 squad five years ago.

Robin Olsen celebrates (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

He has all the credentials you would want in a new goalkeeper signing. He’s impressed everywhere, and it’s not as if he’s let himself down this season either. He’s still been getting the occasional outing here and there. Not bad considering he’s up against one of England’s most overrated goalkeepers in Pickford.

Roam don’t appear to be asking clubs to break the bank for him. They’ll be looking to fund their own assault on Serie A and get rid of anyone they don’t need. This is why Celtic should be considering a potentially superb swoop for Olsen.

It could be the case that the new manager wants to stick with Barkas of course. But the option is there should Celtic decide to strengthen in the position.

In other news, the Celtic fans are growing in excitement as Eddie Howe to Parkhead nears.