After yet another impressive season in the Scottish top flight, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic have dominated their domestic league for years now. They have not been able to show any kind of progress in Europe, which will now be what the manager will aim for.
The Scottish Champions are set to make some interesting signings this summer and are linked with a number of names from all around Europe. But one player they want to bring to Glasgow from Wales is Lukasz Fabianski.
Having first moved to England with Arsenal back in 2007, the 33-year old spent seven long years at the club, acting as a backup to more than one GK, before being finally released in 2014. He joined Swansea City and took no time to take up his position under the bar in the first team and has been a mainstay ever since at the club.
He put in a number of match-winning performances for his side ever since, making 149 league appearances for the club and has also been crucial for the national side, making 43 appearances already and travelling to Russia as the first choice for his side. He was one of the most consistent players for the Swans last season but failed to retain their top-flight status.
And reports now suggest that Swansea are ready to let him leave for a meagre price of just £5m. This has alerted a number of English clubs including West Ham United, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Watford. However, Celtic are named as joint-favourites to land Fabianski this summer. Rodgers’ side are placed 8/1 favourites to sign Fabianski alongside the clubs mentioned above. So is he worth the fuss?
With over 200 top-flight appearances in two different European leagues, the 33-year old certainly remains one of the most experienced players in his role in the country at the moment. He may not have won too many accolades and trophies but his consistency in saving close range shots and keeping errors to a minimum makes him very effective.
Fabianski has, in the past, shown that his distribution from the back can be helpful in setting up attacks. And for his price, in this market, he is an absolute steal.
But Celtic have the likes of Craig Gordon and Dorus de Vries fighting for a place in the first team while Rodgers has recently signed Scott Bain on a four-year deal. They are not desperate for shot-stoppers at the moment and might not make a move for Fabianski this summer.
Do you think it is an opportunity they should not pass on?