Report links Celtic with another budget Bodo/Glimt player

By John McGinley

April 29, 2022

Celtic are showing interest in Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper Nikita Haikin, Football Insider has reported today.

The outlet believes both the Bhoys and Wolves are in the market for a shot-stopper and Haikin is on their radar.

The reigning Norwegian champions would only be looking for £500,000 for Haikin, the report states, due to his contract status.

Haikin has played at Celtic Park already this season, of course, part of the team that defeated the Bhoys and eventually progressed into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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He’s also not the first Bodo/Glimt player to be linked with a move to Scotland this summer. Celtic have also been credited with an interest in Ola Solbakken, who plies his trade on the attacking flanks.

The Celtic goalkeeping position is in a pretty stable state right now.

Joe Hart is the undoubted trusted number one of Ange Postecoglou and that doesn’t look like changing heading into next season.

The club recently tied Scott Bain down to a contract until 2024 too.

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Then there’s Tobi Oluwayemi, the Celtic B and English youth international goalkeeper who is highly rated at the Bhoys and already regularly training with the first team.

The only potential goalkeeping exit this summer would be Vasilis Barkas, who has had a horror spell at the Bhoys since joining in 2020.

Don’t get me wrong, if Ange Postecoglou felt like Haikin was an upgrade on any of these options, the asking price makes it a pretty comfortable gamble for Celtic.

However, I’m unconvinced Celtic need to be in the market for another goalie at this point, unless a significant revamp of the position is planned.

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