Celtic Interested In Goalkeeper With Whom Liverpool Were Also Linked: What Can He Bring To Lennon’s Team?

According to a report from Edinburgh Evening News, Celtic are credited with an interest for Heart of Midlothian’s young goalkeeper Harry Stone. The 17-year-old signed his first contract last year in June which runs out in 2021. The same report adds that Champions League holders Liverpool and Watford tried bringing him to England earlier.

Goalkeeper situation at Celtic Park

Celtic currently have three senior goalkeepers in Scott Bain, Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon. Forster has been a revelation this season, but he is only there on loan. There is no guarantee that the Hoops would be able to keep him beyond this season.

Gordon has seemingly run his course in Celtic colours as he is effectively the third choice custodian. His contract is expiring in the summer, and it is unlikely that the former Sunderland player would be handed an extension. Hence, Celtic will need to dive in the market to bring in a new goalkeeper in the future.

What are Stone’s qualities?

Stone is currently a Scotland u-17 international. He is considered a massive talent, and the youngster is believed to possess everything in his repertoire which a modern-day goalkeeper would need. The 17-year-old already stands in at 6ft3, but he is also known for his agility.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic, looks on ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Ross County at Celtic Park on January 25, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Stone is likely being seen as a prospect for the future by the Hoops as he is yet to play at the senior level for Hearts. However, the youngster has started to train with the senior team at the Tynecastle, which showcases that the manager is aware of his capabilities.

Roger Arnott, Hearts’ youth academy manager recently said, “We expect Harry to play in the first team. Not right now, but in the not-too-distant future,”

Stone is in the mould of a modern-day goalkeeper as he is comfortable with the ball at his feet and can also act as a sweeper keeper. The fact that a club of Liverpool’s stature wanted to bring him in earlier is a testament to his ability. It remains to be seen whether Stone will be able to turn his potential and talent into top performances in the future.

Should Celtic go for him?

Celtic should definitely look to bring Stone in the future. However, the youngster could have a much smoother path towards senior football with the Jambos as he is already training with the first team. That might go against Celtic in terms of luring the player at Parkhead. Nevertheless, Lennon should make an approach in the summer to get a deal done for the talented custodian.

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