Celtic should make loan bid for Mat Ryan amid reports on his future
Admittedly, suggesting that Celtic should attempt to take another Brighton player on loan during the January transfer window may not go down too well with the Hoops fans.
Next month looks set to be a crucial one for the Bhoys. Neil Lennon’s side’s last two results hint that they may have started to turn a corner.
And with Rangers looking less convincing in their last couple of games, it certainly appears that suggestions that the title race may be over could have indeed been premature.
Celtic could certainly do with improving their ranks in January. It is difficult to argue with those who feel that, on paper, it is the champions who boast the strongest squad.
However, new faces coming in may inject some positivity into Lennon’s squad. And that is why they should perhaps consider making an offer for Mat Ryan.
The Telegraph has reported this week that his Brighton future is looking uncertain. He has fallen out of favour after more than three years as the club’s number one. And he has even been left out of the club’s match day squad altogether on occasions in recent times.
Ryan – who earns £35,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has previously been a very solid performer in the Premier League. He started all 38 games last season.
And if he is available next month, Celtic should really take a look.
Conor Hazard has done well since coming in. But the 22-year-old is enjoying his first run in the Hoops first-team. So he is still something of an unknown quantity at this stage.
Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain have been poor this season. So Ryan – who will have a point to prove – could be a fantastic addition at this stage of the season.
Of course, some may have their concerns after Shane Duffy’s struggles following his arrival from the same club. But the centre-back was a peripheral figure with the Seagulls for a lot longer than Ryan has been.
If Celtic did decide to pursue Ryan and managed to bring him on loan, and he subsequently rediscovered his best form, he could be an inspired addition at a time when the Hoops have a little more reason for optimism after a torrid spell.
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