Celtic were linked with English League One goalkeeper Joe Walsh in the past month. The 17-year-old Gillingham youngster was reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig as well. Now, Gillingham manager confirmed (Kent Live) that Celtic and Everton have been looking at the custodian ahead of the January transfer window.
Steve Evans on Celtic’s interest in Walsh
Gillingham manager Steve Evans recently said, ”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. He is going to have a wonderful career.”
The teenage stopper is yet to make an appearance in the League One for his senior side, but he has made his debut for Gillingham in cup competitions. Walsh recently signed his first deal with the club, and he is currently contracted to stay until 2022.
Do Celtic need goalkeepers?
Fraser Forster has been the standout option for the Bhoys in goal this season. His signing on loan has already made a big difference. However, his long term future still remains uncertain as Lennon indicated that the Hoops would need to be realistic about signing him permanently after his loan spell expires.
Scott Bain recently signed a new deal with the Bhoys, and it is clear that the club is seeing him as an option for the future. Craig Gordon’s time at Celtic Park seems to be up as he is in the final few months of his contract and the Scottish goalkeeper indicated that he might leave in search of regular game time. Hence, Celtic might need a goalkeeper for the future as Gordon and Forster might not be there at the club come the next season.
One for the future
Walsh is likely going to be an option for the future, but the clubs chasing him are a testament to his talent already. He has impressed at various youth levels, and the 17-year-old stands in at 6ft4.
However, it seems like Celtic will have to fight off some serious competition to get to his signature as quite a few heavyweight clubs are after him. At Celtic, he might have many more chances to break into the first team, and hence that can tilt the balance in Lennon’s favour. As for now, the Hoops seem to be monitoring his situation ahead of the January transfer window.
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