Two goalkeepers Celtic should be monitoring earn rave reviews for Euro 2020 displays
Celtic scouts will be watching Euro 2020 with a great deal of interest.
Goalkeepers have shone so far in this tournament, as a whole. Fine, yes, David Marshall had a bit of a howler, and Wojciech Szczesny continued his streak of bad luck in major tournaments for Poland. However, with Celtic swinging and seemingly missing with another international goalkeeper in Vasilis Barkas, the focus will need be on who’s between the sticks next season.
After Craig Gordon was ousted by return loanee Fraser Forster, it hasn’t been an entirely convincing position for the Bhoys. In fact, Gordon was probably the last goalkeeper we could rely on. That is, hitherto his patchy form which saw Lennon rely on an old favourite in Forster.
The point being he was a permanent signing, and was here for a significant length of time. We haven’t had that since. Barkas was meant to be the answer, and still could be. Still, it’s unlikely Ange Postecoglou watched his performances in 20-21 with any deal of confidence.
He’ll be watching Euro 2020, too. And he’ll have seen two potential Celtic goalkeepers in Sweden’s Robin Olsen and the Czech Republic’s Tomas Vaclik. One is available cheaply, while the other is set to be released by Sevilla, despite being a Europa League winner with over 40 caps.
Robin Olsen and Tomas Vaclik are well within Celtic’s price range, impressing at Euro 2020
We’ve talked about both players before, and with good reason. Robin Olsen is currently contracted to Roma, having enjoyed a short spell with Everton in the Premier League [Guardian]. Against Spain, he was absolutely outstanding. Keeping out attacking talents like Alvaro Morata and Dani Olmo, he earned an 8.0 from WhoScored?. During an improbable and creditable draw against Luis Enrique’s team, Olsen made 5 excellent stops, while clearing the ball out from set pieces with consummate ease.
Vaclik, meanwhile, is another talent we’ve raved about. He proved his worth against Scotland, denying a possible own goal from close range, with lightning reflexes. He also smartly denied Andy Robertson early on, and also made 5 saves in total. Fine, Scotland couldn’t find their shooting boots, but if it weren’t for Vaclik, it would’ve been a closer game.
After replacing Petr Cech in goal for the Czechs, Vaclik has had an excellent career. Before his move to Sevilla, he starred for FC Basel alongside Albian Ajeti and Mohamed Elyounoussi. In a four-year spell, he won 3 Swiss championships and a Swiss Cup. Also, he was named as 2018’s Czech Player of the Year [iSport.cz], and was a Europa League winner with Sevilla.
Who knows; a colossal mistake on the big stage could await either keeper. We’ve seen David Marshall go from Scotland hero to a scapegoat in a short space of time, such is the life of a goalkeeper.
However, with their club and national pedigree, as well as their respective prices taken into account, there’s value there. Mat Ryan is the current favourite to be signed by Celtic, but if Postecoglou fancies going European, he certainly has options.
He’ll need to be quick, though.