Celtic's need for a long-term goalkeeper is not unknown. Joe Hart has been the number one since 2021 but he is set to turn 37 years of age before the end of the campaign, and his contract is running out as well. It does not feel like either Scott Bain or Benjamin Siegrist is ready to take the first-team gloves, if or when the Englishman departs.
Celtic have been linked with a number of goalkeepers in recent times. Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool and Andriy Lunin of Real Madrid are two of the most high-profile names but signing them will be difficult.
Hakon Valdimarsson is a more realistic transfer target for Celtic. The club have been linked with the IF Elfsborg and Iceland number one recently. But other teams seem to have moved ahead in the race to sign him.
As tweeted by Fabrizio Romano, Aston Villa and Copenhagen have both sent formal bids to sign Valdimarsson. The former have sent a bid in excess of €2 million, while the latter offered around €1.7 million. Nothing is done yet as the goalkeeper is wanted by several clubs.
Aston Villa submit €2 million-plus bid for Celtic target
In many ways, someone like Valdimarsson could be the perfect signing for Celtic. He is 22 years of age, meaning there is potential that he could be moved on for a significant transfer fee in the future if he does well at Parkhead.
On the other hand, he already has some decent pedigree event at 22. He has played more than 100 games at the senior level and also represented the Iceland national team.
The potential transfer fee falls within the range of what Celtic like to shell out on new signings as well. Thus, the Hoops should definitely push to get a deal done for Valdimarsson.