Report: Celtic alerted to availability of Karl Darlow after interest last summer

By John McGinley

July 22, 2020

Celtic have been alerted to the availability of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow this summer, The Scottish Sun reports.

Darlow was linked with a move to the Scottish champions in 2019 before Fraser Forster arrived at the club and the paper believes that Celtic have again been made aware he can be signed for £5m.

It’s stated in the report that Neil Lennon knows the player from his time at Nottingham Forest, where Darlow was emerging as a teenage talent at the time.

However, with the asking price that high and Darlow’s exposure to first-team football in recent seasons limited, it’s said Celtic will likely look at other targets rather than pursue the Magpies shot-stopper.

The 29-year-old hasn’t made a Premier League appearance since way back in February 2018, only getting action in cup games during recent seasons, as a deputy to Martin Dubravka.

With Celtic seeking a player that can become an established number one following the departure of Forster, Darlow simply might not be ready enough to come in and perform at that level.

He does have a fair bit of experience to his name, making close to 200 career appearances for Forest and Newcastle, but it appears that our sights are set elsewhere in the hunt for a new goalkeeper.

Celtic-linked Karl Darlow / (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)

There have been reports today that Celtic have made an initial bid for AEK talent Vasilios Barkas, with Lennon keen on returning with an improved offer.

That’s a more exciting proposal for supporters given Barkas’ recent international breakthrough and regular appearances in the Greek top-flight.

Will he be the man Celtic spend big on?

In other news, Ryan Christie’s father believes he is being tracked by a number of top level scouts this summer.