Among the multiple positions Celtic want to reinforce, the goalkeeper department is surprisingly one they’re seemingly keen on improving.
Maybe they predicted Scott Bain’s clumsiness -which almost ruined the party on Sunday – wanting to fortify the essential position between the sticks as they look to continue their domestic dominance.
Indeed, if they’re to survive against bigger European opposition or maintain an impenetrable defensive record, they need a strong goalkeeper. As a result, Neil Lennon and company are, according to reports (via Chronicle Live), interested in signing Newcastle’s exiled Karl Darlow.
The third-in-command to Martin Dubravka’s experienced a stark fall from grace at Tyneside. He’s barely featured all season long, making the solitary appearance in the league cup. However, what’s Newcastle’s loss could be Celtic’s gain. The 6’3 keeper’s the formidable figure they’d like to create a working partnership with Bain.
In fact, the former Nottingham Forest ace would probably the highest stature of stopper the Bhoys would boast since Fraser Forster. Through his experience in both the Championship and the Premier League, he’d be a statement signing for a team constantly looking to improve, despite not being the biggest name out there.
Maintaining such dominance isn’t easy. While the prospect of winning eight in a row might seem somewhat boring to those on the outside, the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and (to a lesser extent) PSG have all proven that it’s about not making mistakes when at the top, keeping that desire there.
To that end, Darlow’s the ideal subtle statement addition.
Darlow’s known to be a commendable shot-stopper, using his long reach and quick reflexes to make timely saves. His commanding presence can influence the Hoops’ defence and intimidate oppositions. The 28-year-old experienced inspired form under Rafa Benitez a few years ago, proving to be a reliable fortress in goal.
Signing him fairly cheap would be a win-win for Celtic, giving them the opportunity to phase out Craig Gordon and keep Bain on his toes. As a result, both ‘keepers will be aiming to outdo one another knowing that one mistake could result in being benched. If the Hoops want to keep their goal squeaky clean of errors, signing Darlow as healthy competition in the goalkeeping department’s a move which can’t go wrong.
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