Report: Vaclav Hladky is on Neil Lennon's goalkeeping shortlist; Legia Warsaw also keen

By John McGinley

July 19, 2020

Former St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky has been added to Neil Lennon’s goalkeeping shortlist at Celtic this summer, The Glasgow Times has reported this weekend.

However, the Scottish champions face competition from Polish side Legia Warsaw, who have made him one of their top targets, the paper says.

Joe Hart, David Marshall and Vasilis Barkas have all been linked with a move to Celtic Park this summer after the departure of Fraser Forster.

Now Hladky appears to be a contender.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving the Buddies at the end of last season.

Lennon has spoken recently of his hope that a deal for a goalkeeper can be completed soon, revealing that the Hoops are in discussions with the representatives of two players.

Hladky has spent the last two seasons in Paisley and has won praise for his performances, with former Hoops shot-stopper Packie Bonner touting him as a potential replacement for Forster in April (Scottish Sun).

Last term he helped keep 14 clean sheets in 38 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt) and turned down their offer of a new contract, apparently on his way to bigger and better things.

Prior to his move to Scotland he played for Czech top-flight side Slovan Liberec.

Reported Celtic target Vaclav Hladky celebrates a St Mirren win / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If Celtic are in the market for two goalkeepers this summer then Hladky could be a viable option, though there might be some concern about his ability to come in and be an immediate number one, as Forster was.

On a free transfer though it’s a relatively risk-free proposition and making a move for him prior to the Scottish Premiership kicking off would at least add depth beyond Scott Bain.

In other news, Lennon has confirmed that Vakoun Bayo is injured again with Mikey Johnston also needing to see a specialist.