Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days as their side celebrated becoming Scottish Premiership champions with a routine 3-1 success over Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men clinched their seventh successive league crown courtesy of a 5-0 drubbing of Old Firm rivals Rangers last weekend, meaning they are just one game away from completing back-to-back domestic trebles given they face Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final later this month. And they are continuing with their rich vein of form ahead of that clash as goals from Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele, and Scott Sinclair saw the visitors come from behind following Kyle Lafferty’s opener for Hearts, in turn securing a 24th league win of the campaign for the Bhoys.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Celtic fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are revelling in their side’s dominance of Scottish football in the last two seasons, and very much hoping for more next time round as well.
Thus, the attentions of some of our resident Bhoys supporters have been turning to the summer and what business their side may conduct, with many of the opinion that Newcastle’s £4.05 million-rated Karl Darlow (as per Transfermarkt) should seek to reignite his career by moving to Parkhead.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old has endured a tricky campaign at St James’ Park this season, with he and Rob Elliot vying for the number one jersey throughout the first of the campaign, before Martin Dubravka’s arrival in January ended that particular battle.
And since the Slovakian’s arrival from Sparta Prague on loan during the winter window, Englishman Darlow has failed to record a single appearance for Rafa Benitez’s side, with Dubravka doing more than enough to retain the gloves and indeed win the support of the Newcastle faithful.
And with the Magpies reportedly seeking to make his move a permanent one, things aren’t looking at all good for Darlow, who at the age of 27 and having had a taste of regular league action will surely be on the lookout for more first team football.
And Rodgers’ Celtic may well be able to offer him that.
Ultimately, current number one Craig Gordon is 35 now and appears to be entering the twilight of his career, and while he has at times produced the goods for the Bhoys this term, there have also been some unconvincing moments.
But with second-choice Dorus de Vries doing little to convince of his capabilities, and question marks surrounding whether they can and indeed will get a deal done for Scott Bain, Rodgers may well be on the lookout for a shot-stopper this summer – Darlow fits the bill.
The 27-year-old has proven during his time at Newcastle, and indeed at Nottingham Forest, that he is a very adept shot-stopper, and having performed well and dealt solidly with the pressure of playing for the Magpies, he’d surely be well set to do similar at Celtic Park.
Thus, with it looking unlikely that he’ll be Benitez’s number one next season, the Englishman should seek a move away this summer, with reigniting his career at Celtic perhaps the best option.
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