Celtic manager Neil Lennon has turned up the heat in his bid to sign a goalkeeper this summer by taking experienced Croatian shot stopper Stipe Pletikosa on trial at Parkhead.
Pletikosa who spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, although only playing in one game has just been released by Russian club Spartak Moscow and is now hoping to impress and secure a permanent deal at the Hoops.
The Croatian keeper who has stands at 6ft 4in tall comes highly recommended to Celtic from Harry Redknapp and also his International boss Slaven Bilic. Croatia boss Bilic insisted on picking Pletikosa for the national squad even though he made only one appearance for Spurs last season and stated about his decision,
” that’s how much respect I have for Stipe, that’s not normal for a guy who didn’t have a game in a year.”
The former Shaktar Donetsk keeper has over eighty appearances at Interational level and he is still at relatively young age for a goalkeeper being only 31. He could be an ideal signing for Celtic who are in the market for a strong figure between the sticks having never really replaced Artur Boruc since he left for Fiorentina.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has previously stated that he is happy to start the season with Polish keeper Lukusz Zaluska as his number one. But with Fraser Forster returning to Newcastle after a season long loan. He has no other real cover in the position. Lennon has also made enquiries about Sunderland’s Craig Gordon who is out of contract at the Stadium of Light next summer, But he was told that Gordon will not be fit again until October.
This could put any move for the Scotland keeper in the back burner for now. But with January in mind with him being available on a cut price fee or even a pre-contract agreement.
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