Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has heard that the club are interested in Serbian international goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic this January.

It’s well known this season that Neil Lennon has struggled to find a reliable number one.

Following the departure of Fraser Forster, both Scott Bain and new signing Vasilis Barkas have been given a run in the team, with little success.

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The latest to get an opportunity is academy graduate Conor Hazard, who played against Lille in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Wilson reckons the club could already be contemplating making another goalkeeping signing this January.

Speaking on this week’s edition of The Celtic Huddle, Wilson said: “Just on transfers – [a] transfer story that we’re hearing rumours about – [it is] well documented, the goalkeeper hasn’t covered himself in glory – Marko Dmitrovic, plays in La Liga with Eibar.

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“28-year-old Serbian internationalist, he’s out of contract in the summer. Would it be something that, if Neil’s still there, he’d be trying to tie that up in January?”

 

Murdo MacLeod would reply: “I think it’s a difficult one, when you spend £5m on a goalkeeper and then you’re looking at bringing in another. Your whole backroom staff is going to be warming up four or five goalkeepers every morning! There’s one sitting on the bench down in England, so you’d take him.”

Frank McAvennie said: “I don’t know about him, but I’d go back for Fraser Forster.”

Dmitrovic is currently a regular in La Liga, making 12 appearances for Eibar this season and keeping an impressive six clean sheets.

He’s amassed over 100 top-flight appearances in Spain across his career, suggesting he has the kind of experience that would be interesting to a team such as Celtic.

Celtic-linked Marko Dmitrovic

Celtic-linked Marko Dmitrovic / (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Also earning regular minutes for Serbia over the last 18 months, part of a 16-cap haul in total, he’s clearly a well-regarded shot-stopper.

For me, it’s a little too early to give up on Barkas completely. I can understand why some have concerns about him, and I understand why he might not be our go-to man at the moment, but he’s still settling in at Celtic Park.

There’s a chance he finds the confidence and stability to be a solid choice for us, so hopefully, Neil Lennon and his coaching staff carefully consider the situation before making any drastic moves.

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