Mat Ryan is set to sign for La Liga outfit Real Sociedad following interest from other clubs including Celtic, according to his former teammate Victor Vazquez, as per Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Celtic gear up for 2021/22 season
Looking ahead to 2021/22, it will be intriguing to see how Ange Postecoglou goes about moulding a team capable of challenging on both domestic and European fronts.
The Scottish giants have already completed deals for ex-Sheffield Wednesday pair Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw [Sky Sports], but one man who may not be making the switch to Parkhead this summer is 29-year-old Ryan owing to recent developments.
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The Latest: Vazquez suggests that Ryan will sign for Real Sociedad
As per Daily Record, the Australian looks set to move to Spain and join up with Real Sociedad ahead of the forthcoming campaign. He is set to complete a medical before arriving at the La Liga club, whilst his former Club Brugge team-mate Vazquez spoke of his expectation that Ryan will end up in in the Basque Country.
He claimed: “Maty is super motivated, super happy and eager to fight Alex Remiro for the number one keeper position at Sociedad.
“His time in Valencia left him with a very good taste in his mouth, even though he didn’t play as much as he wanted.
“He has always been very attached to Spain, he loves its culture and its food.”
The Verdict: Missing out on Ryan could be a blow
This news could come as a blow to the Celtic hierarchy as their pre-season training intensifies.
The 1.84m (6 foot) ace worked closely with new Hoops manager Postecoglou in their time within the Australian national team setup, winning the Asian Cup together in 2015 [The Scottish Sun], while he was once labelled as a ‘beast’ by current Gunners manager Mikel Arteta [Football London].
With the 29-year-old looking set for a La Liga return, the Hoops may need to rely on existing goalkeepers Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain and Conor Hazard to battle for the number one berth for the foreseeable future.
In other news, a former Premiership striker has been raving about this Celtic prospect.
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