Celtic: Nick Hammond at risk of jeopardising deal for goalkeeper

Robin Olsen Sweden vs Turkey

This week has been an absolute rollercoaster for Celtic and the SPFL.

The new campaign is just two games old but already, controversy has arisen and matches postponed.

That, primarily, is because of defender Boli Bolingoli.

The 25-year-old has been a rather foolish boy, travelling to Spain on an unauthorised trip, failing to quarantine and then even playing against Kilmarnock.

That happened to be a 1-1 draw as Celtic’s pursuit of ten titles in a row took an early blow.

On the other side of Glasgow, it’s been plain sailing for Rangers who are unbeaten from their opening two matches.

It couldn’t be much worse for the Hoops at the moment.

Neil Lennon

Their next two outings have now been put on hold, but one thing that hasn’t been, is the transfer market.

Vasilis Barkas and Moi Elyounoussi have arrived but it’s taking a while for Celtic to wrap up a deal for a striker.

It would also appear that they’re finding life difficult in concluding a move for Robin Olsen.

The Swedish goalkeeper was linked with a loan switch to Parkhead a few weeks ago and now fresh details have emerged.

According to Il Tempo (via Sport Witness), it’s thought that Celtic want to sign the stopper on a free loan, which would mean they wouldn’t pay any of Olsen’s wages. It’s a cheeky bid from Nick Hammond who has now put the move in danger.

That’s because his current club, Roma, are wanting a portion of his wages to be paid. 

Since Celtic’s bid, the Serie A club have sent back negative responses. Time will tell whether the Bhoys return with an improved offer.

Robin Olsen in Swedish action

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Celtic’s dire need for a new goalkeeper has been all too apparent this summer.

With Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon departing, it left the club with a solitary senior ‘keeper – Scott Bain.

They were linked with moves for players like Joe Hart, David Marshall and Vaclav Hladky but they eventually settled on a move for Barkas.

The Greek stopper arrived from AEK Athens and made his debut in the draw with Killie last weekend.

Robin Olsen Roma training

With that in mind, one has to wonder why Celtic are so intent on signing Olsen. Their offer to loan may have been tame, but do they really need another man between the sticks when they have Barkas and Bain? Probably not.

That being said, standing at a colossal 6 foot 5 tall, Olsen is more in the frame of Forster. 

He was a giant between the goalposts last season and you can forgive Lennon for wanting a similar man in goal. 

However, now that Celtic actually have to pay a portion of Olsen’s wages, they should forget about this deal and focus on strengthening other areas.

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