Why Ange Postecoglou is pursuing a goalkeeper for Celtic this summer

By Lewis Laird

June 9, 2022

The second phase of Ange Postecoglou’s reign at Celtic is well underway, and this summer, it could be kicked into overdrive.

The Celtic manager is looking to build upon his double-winning squad of last season by adding more strength and depth ahead of another busy campaign to come.

With the transfer window set to open on Friday, the Hoops have already been linked with a whole host of players in a number of different positions.

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A new left-back option to challenge Greg Taylor appears to be high on the agenda, and the club look to be attempting to find a replacement for either Nir Bitton or Tom Rogic.

Of course, other positions will be on the agenda for Ange Postecoglou, and one of them appears to be the goalkeeping position.

In fact, earlier this week, Postecoglou was linked with a move for another shot-stopper – former Dundee United man Benjamin Siegrist.

The Swiss goalkeeper has been linked with the club on several occasions. However, nothing came from the initial suggestions of the club interest, with Siegrist remaining at Tannadice. Now a free agent, Celtic could make their move.

The 30-year old isn’t the only goalkeeper the club has been reportedly watching this window, with names such as Nikita Haikin and Nikola Vasilj popping up.

So, is a new goalkeeper high on the wishlist for Postecoglou, and what is the reasoning behind that?

Why the goalkeeping position is one Celtic are looking to add this summer

Scrolling through the Celtic website, the squad is looking in much healthier shape in comparison to last summer.

However, the goalkeeping position looks low on options at the moment, despite little complaint from the Celtic support.

Currently, the number one spot at the club seems nailed down by Joe Hart. Last season, the former England internationalist was a trusted part of the Celtic backline. No arguments there.

It appeared that the number two spot was also settled when Scott Bain signed a new extension to remain with the club until 2024. But, Bain’s role may be about to change this summer and has never really stood out as impressive at Celtic.

Postecoglou may be looking at another option to add to his squad as a second choice to potentially challenge both goalkeepers currently at the club whilst also bulking up his options.

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Although he wasn’t in the picture all that much, it would also make sense why the Celtic manager was quick to let Vasilis Barkas head out on loan, knowing that he is going to target a new stopper.

There does remain one more question about the addition of another goalkeeper, though, and that’s what it would mean for youngster Tobi Oluwayemi?

The 19-year old is highly rated at the club, having come off the back of a solid first season in the Lowland League for the Celtic B side.

There were some potential thoughts that the England u19 internationalist could try and force his way into the second or third choice spot. But, adding another goalkeeper would almost put that to bed for this season.

However, that doesn’t mean the development plan for the youngster has been diverted. Maybe this term was never one for first-team involvement.

Oluwayemi is still at a very young age at the beginning of his career, particularly for a goalkeeper. So, another season with the B team or out on loan could be where Postecoglou sees him next season.

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You would hope that by signing another goalkeeper, it wouldn’t hinder the development plan of Oluwayemi too much. But instead, provide him with motivation and another experienced stop-stopper to learn from.

We will have to wait and see over the next few weeks whether or not the move for Siegrist comes to light. He has shown over the last few seasons he can be a top shot-stopper, which might have caught the attention of Ange.

Overall, you can see the reasoning behind Postecoglou looking for another number two, as long as it doesn’t hinder the progress of the talents coming through at Lennoxtown.

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