Gillingham manager says that Celtic, along with many other high-profile clubs, have come around to look at their youngster goalkeeper.
Celtic have been connected to many payers, namely strikers, during this period leading up to the January transfer window. But now, there are numerous reports that the Hoops may be going after a goalkeeper from Gillingham, a League One club.
The goalkeeper in question is youngster Joe Walsh. At 17-years old, he has already made a name for himself when making the first-team with Gillingham. That has brought attention to him from multiple clubs all across Europe.
The Hoops are always looking to infuse their system with young, top-end talent with the hopes of development and one day making the first team. Celtic has made quite a name for themselves in this regard.
Speaking to Kent Online, Gillingham boss Steve Evans has confirmed that Celtic has been looking at Joe Walsh:
“Some of these big clubs will be looking and thinking, because of the homegrown rule as well, they need homegrown players. He is a big asset to us.
“We know the people that are coming, it’s not made up. Celtic have been here, Everton have been here, overseas clubs, a couple of German clubs saying they are looking at our young goalkeeper. But there is a difference between looking and being prepared to come back and buy someone.”
It would make sense that the Hoops are looking at the position of goalkeeper when considering the future. While Fraser Forster has been magnificent, and could make a permanent move back, he isn’t getting any younger. Craig Gordon is up there in age at 36 years old, and Scott Bain is not the answer to a permanent solution.
While the Hoops have been connected to strikers that will instantly inject talent into the first team in preparation for a deep European and domestic run, this move for a young goalkeeper shows Celtic still has an eye on the future. With stiff competition from clubs around the globe for Joe Walsh, he will surely be moved in January.