It looks like there will be a battle between Scotland’s top two clubs off the pitch as the Old Firm rivals are both interested in goalkeeper Vaclav Hlady, according to the Sunday Post.
The media outlet report that Celtic are very keen on the 29-year-old but Rangers are also keen admirers. This season, the St Mirren goalkeeper has played 30 Premiership games, conceding 41 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets (via Transfermarkt), which is a decent record.
Would Hladky be a good signing?
However, signing Hladky may not necessarily be the most sensible idea from the Hoops as they have strong goalkeeping options already and should probably prioritise securing a permanent deal for Fraser Forster instead.
The English goalkeeper returned to Celtic on loan this season from Premier League side Southampton, and has had an amazing campaign, making 39 appearances and keeping 28 clean sheets as well as only conceding 17 goals, via Transfermarkt. With rumours suggesting that the club want to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer, whilst they already have 28-year-old Scott Bain as a cover goalkeeper, there is no real need for the club to sign Hlady.
If they were to let Rangers win this transfer battle, then they should not be overly concerned. They have dominated Scottish football in recent seasons and therefore the Hoops should be able to acquire different goalkeeping options (such as Forster) if needed.
Celtic fans, would you be content with missing out on Hladky if Forster is signed permanently? Comment below with your views!
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