What Mat Ryan said about his future only 2 weeks ago as Celtic link emerges

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has already touched on his future plans only two weeks ago as links to Celtic have emerged.

Sky Sports stated yesterday that Celtic were considering a move for the Australian international, with Ange Postecoglou keen on reuniting the stopper. The pair worked together during the new Hoops boss’ time as Australia boss.

It’s also been claimed that Arsenal, as well as clubs from Spain and France, are also taking a keen interest. Ryan spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates. He would only make three appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side [Transfermarkt].

Granted, that hasn’t stopped him from eyeing up a potential move to the Emirates. He spoke to Fox Sports only two weeks ago, and he hinted then that he wanted a permanent stay in London.

“I’ve got full faith in the team around me – my agent, family, friends – that we’re going to get a couple of options hopefully and go about making what’s going to be the best decision for me.

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“Hopefully, Arsenal becomes one of those options as well that we can look at and see what can happen there, but at the minute it’s still quite early. The season’s just finished.

“I’m taking it day by day and seeing where my journey takes me.”

Mat Ryan would be showing a lack of ambition if he snubbed Celtic for Arsenal

It’s generally accepted that Arsenal operates at a higher level than Celtic. It’s one of the only clubs in England who can, historically, compete with the Hoops. However, Ryan would be showing a major lack of ambition if he joined the EPL club over Celtic.

His stats last season show why he should be avoiding the move as much as possible. The chances are he simply won’t play anywhere near enough to reinvigorate his career.

He’ll also be determined to hold onto his Australia number one jersey too. Playing on a weekly basis at Celtic would give him a much better chance of doing that than staying with Arteta’s side. It’s clear Bernd Leno isn’t going to be dropped anytime soon. Why bother going to North London then?

Celtic target Mat Ryan / (Getty Images)

This would be a hugely exciting time for Ryan to join Celtic. At 29, he needs to be playing regular first-team football. The next few years are vital for his career trajectory. Stagnating on the Emirates bench is the worst thing he could do for his long-term future.

It depends, of course, what the Aussie feels he wants from his next move. He’ll already be financially secure for life, but a move to Arsenal would likely see that bolstered further. So it would make sense if finances is what he’ll allow to be the key factor in any talks.

Celtic, however, have the chance to give him weekly game-time in a red-hot atmosphere. He’ll be expected to win titles and cups as well as be given a first ever taste of European football. If it’s a challenge he wants, there’s only one place he should end up.

In other news, an international striker has paid tribute to Postecoglou.