Celtic need to sign a goalkeeper in the near future. It is quite clear that Joe Hart is not the long-term solution between the posts. The Englishman’s performances have been criticised lately. Also, he is set to turn 37 years of age before this season comes to an end. So, while he has done a decent job since arriving in the summer of 2021, sooner or later the Hoops will need to bring in his successor.
Some interesting names have been linked with Celtic in that regard. One of them is Andriy Lunin of Real Madrid.
Lunin has been at Real Madrid for several years but has never really gotten a chance to play consistently. When Thibaut Courtois got injured earlier in the season, many thought he would take the Belgian’s place in the starting XI.
Instead, Kepa Arrizabalaga was signed on loan from Chelsea and immediately placed as the first-choice goalkeeper. Recently, the Spaniard was injured as well and Lunin has done a fantastic job in his absence. But unfortunately for him, his form is unlikely to be rewarded a run in the starting XI.
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As reported by MARCA, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said:
"“If Kepa is there, he is going to play.”"
He went on to add regarding Lunin:
"“The important thing is that Lunin has been ready when Kepa was injured, I think he will return in the game against Granada.”"
So, it seems that Lunin will remain the cover option for Real Madrid, despite his good performances. That reduces his chances of remaining at the club further, with his current contract set to run out next summer. It is believed that the 24-year-old will be seeking a regular starting spot, wherever he ends up.
The thing is, Lunin has actually done well when given some chances. Over the last three games, since Kepa’s injury, he has conceded just once. He even saved a penalty against SC Braga. So, someone like him could be a solid addition for Celtic, especially if available as a free agent.