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Celtic: Hoops set to miss out on Mat Ryan

Celtic: Hoops set to miss out on Mat Ryan - Celtic

Celtic and Ange Postecoglou look set to miss out on Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

The Lowdown: Hoops’ promise

Celtic were linked with a move for the Australia goalkeeper just three days after Postecoglou was confirmed as Hoops boss, with Ryan the 54-year-old’s number one at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asia Cup.

The Hoops were readying a long-term contract package for the ‘keeper who Graham Potter called ‘fantastic’, as well as the promise of the number one shirt at Parkhead.

However, it now seems as if Ryan won’t be reuniting with Postecoglou in Glasgow, despite being a top target.

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The Latest: Sociedad move

According to The Scottish Sun, Real Sociedad are set to win the race for the 29-year-old. The La Liga side look set to bring Ryan to Spain on loan with a view of a permanent deal next year.

The report claimed that they’ve stolen a march on Celtic, with a move set to go through this week.

The Verdict: What will Postecoglou do now?

Postecoglou will now have to decide whether or not to stick with what he has or target a new first-choice shot-stopper.

Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain and Conor Hazard are the options Postecoglou has at his disposal, with the latter of the three wanted by Dundee on loan.

Neil Lennon gave all three ‘keepers the chance to make the position their own, chopping and changing throughout the previous campaign.

If Postecoglou doesn’t pursue a new number one, hopefully he can get a good look at all three options prior to the campaign beginning and will then put his faith in one man, which could then form the base of a solid defence under his leadership.

In other news: Newspaper claims Celtic have now made a £3.4m bid for ‘quality’ ace days after Urhoghide deal, find out more here

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