Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go within 90 minutes of back-to-back domestic trebles courtesy of a 4-0 thrashing of Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have already won the Scottish League Cup this season and are well on their way to winning the Scottish Premiership, what with the Bhoys 13 points clear at the summit ahead of their clash with Hibernian on Saturday. And they are now just one victory away from the Scottish Cup crown as well as goals from Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, Moussa Dembele, and Oliver Ntcham sealed a routine victory over their Old Firm rivals, thus booking their spot in the showpiece against Motherwell next month.
As such, there have been many thrilled Celtic fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are revelling in their team’s brilliance this season, with a second successive treble very much on the cards after another wonderful campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Bhoys supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Tottenham with a summer move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, currently on loan at Aston Villa.
Yet Rodgers’ Celtic should seek to join the race for the £2.25 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), as it would appear that Parkhead is the perfect destination for the Englishman as opposed to North London.
Ultimately, Hugo Lloris is comfortably Mauricio Pochettino’s number one goalkeeper at Tottenham, with the France international having been hugely influential in his time at the club since moving there in 2012.
And even though the 31-year-old has made some errors in recent weeks, it is still unlikely that 25-year-old Johnstone, who has started all 43 of Villa’s Championship games this season, would get the nod ahead of the Frenchman were he to move to Spurs.
Thus, first team football would surely be difficult to come by for the United star, whereas it is much more likely under Rodgers at Celtic.
Craig Gordan has only recently returned from injury to seemingly reclaim the gloves in the Bhoys goal, but with the Scotland international 35 years of age and guilty of some mistakes this season, Rodgers may well be on the lookout for a more long-term shot-stopper.
Scott Bain, on loan from Dundee, has also performed well but doubts remain over whether he will make the permanent move to Celtic Park, whilst reserve goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has ultimately failed to convince during his time north of the border.
Thus, there appears to be an opening for a goalkeeper of Johnstone’s calibre to go to Celtic and become the next long-term number one.
The 25-year-old has been brilliant for Villa this season and has certainly proven his high-level credentials, and while a move to Tottenham may turn out good in the long run, it’s riddled with doubts.
Whereas Celtic appears to be the perfect place for the United shot-stopper to go and pursue with his career, at the same time gaining confidence from winning trophies and indeed European football to help with his development.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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