Signing a goalkeeper isn’t among Ange Postecoglou’s transfer priorities.
That’s the view of Stephen McGowan who has a long track record of being very close to the action with Celtic transfer activity.
Postecoglou faces a massive rebuilding task with just three new players signed in time to start the SPFL Premiership season on Saturday.
Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain and Conor Hazard shared goalkeeping duties last season with none of them making a compelling case to start the season as first choice.
Postecoglou has gone with Barkas in his first matches in charge but the former AEK Athens stopper was badly at fault for goals lost against Midtjylland and West Ham.
In the Daily Mail, McGowan outlines the signing priorities:
Speaking after Saturday’s 6-2 hammering from West Ham, Postecoglou admitted he needed more new players.
Right-back is the priority, with a move for Royal Antwerp’s Portuguese Aurelio Buta taking shape after Sheffield United proved difficult to deal with over George Baldock.
Postecoglou also wants a holding midfielder, another centre-back and another winger, with Croatian club Gorica having placed a £4.2m price-tag on the head of target Kristijan Lovric.
Right-back, holding midfielder, centre-back and another winger. But no sign of a goalkeeper.
After last season Barkas faced a difficult task trying to salvage his reputation. Although clearly untrue many Celtic supporters are of the belief that Barkas never made a save last season.
Overcoming that perception was never going to be easy but after the opening games of this season very few fans have faith that Barkas, Bain or Hazard are upto the task of keeping goal over the course of the season.