Celtic have identified Roma’s Robin Olsen as a potential transfer target as they continue their search for a new goalkeeper following the departures of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon, according to a report from The Scotsman.
The Hoops have already had a bid for AEK Athens ‘keeper Vasilis Barkas rejected and although the Greek star looks like Celtic’s preferred option, the club seem to be keeping other targets in mind in case they can’t agree a suitable fee with the Athens-based side.
Olsen moved to Roma from Copenhagen in the summer of 2018 and he was expected to be the club’s replacement for Alisson Becker, who was sold to Liverpool for what was, at the time, a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
However, things didn’t quite play out as both Olsen and Roma would have hoped and as such, the 6ft 5in Swede spent the season on loan at Cagliari, but he’s not been a starter every week there either.
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It looks like whatever happens from this point onwards, Neil Lennon isn’t 100% with Scott Bain being his first-choice goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
Forster looked like the number one target but with that deal seemingly dead in the water, Barkas now looks to be the preferred option but with AEK holding out for a fee of almost double Celtic’s first offer, there’s no guarantee of that transfer happening either so it makes sense that they’re exploring other options and they should be applauded for doing so.
Olsen has had a bit of a stutter in his career since moving to Rome but he’s a hugely experienced goalkeeper and it looks like Celtic might be willing to take a chance on him if needs be.