According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Asmir Begovic’s future looks far from certain heading into the rest of the 2018/19 season. The 31-year-old goalkeeper currently plays his football in the Premier League at Bournemouth having made the move from Chelsea back in 2017, although his recent exclusion from Eddie Howe’s first team has seemingly plunged his future at the South Coast outfit into doubt.
And that’s because a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that there has been a bust-up between Begovic and Howe, thus leaving the former with a deeply uncertain future at the Vitality Stadium.
And that should be news of keen interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, with the time very much now for the Northern Irishman to secure the perfect replacement for Craig Gordon at Parkhead.
Ultimately, there is no denying just how great a servant 36-year-old Gordon has been to the Bhoys since his move from Sunderland back in 2012, what with the Scotland international since then appearing 236 times for the Scottish giants, keeping 118 clean sheets and shipping only 189 goals in the process.
And with four successive Scottish Premiership titles under his belt, as well as a whole host of other domestic honours, the shot-stopper has very much played his part in a hugely successful time under Rodgers in recent seasons – but there are signs that he could be very much coming to the end of his illustrious career.
And that’s because the goalkeeper has been guilty of a few too many errors in the last 12 months or so to call into question just how much longer he has at the top level – he was extremely fortunate that his error against Red Bull Salzburg back in December didn’t cost Celtic a place in the last-32 of the Europa League, with Rosenborg bailing him out.
And with Scott Bain having started each of the Bhoys’ last five Scottish Premiership matches, one wonders whether Gordon’s career at the top of Scottish football is nearing an end, but there are also question marks about whether Bain has what it takes to usurp the 36-year-old in the long-term.
Yet no such questions marks are had regarding the ability of Bournemouth’s Begovic, who has proven time and again throughout his career to be a hugely adept shot-stopper at Premier League level.
The 31-year-old made a name for himself at Stoke City between 2010 and 2015 in becoming one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League during that time, appearing 173 times in all for the Potters, and keeping an impressive 50 clean sheets and shipping only 210 goals in the process.
Ultimately, that earned him a move to Chelsea in 2015, and while he was always likely to struggle for regular football at Stamford Bridge, he has since done well upon arrival at Bournemouth, starting all 38 of their matches last term to help Howe’s men finish 12th in the Premier League.
As such, there is clearly a very accomplished goalkeeper in Begovic, although it does appear as though, for the time being at least, Artur Boruc is the main man between the sticks at the Vitality Stadium – yet a goalkeeper of Begovic’s quality simply shouldn’t be sat on the bench.
And with Gordon’s Celtic career perhaps coming to an end, the time is now for Rodgers to lure the Bosnia and Herzegovina international to Celtic Park.
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