Report: Celtic receive big transfer boost, as Arsenal make decision on 29-year-old
The Sun have claimed that Arsenal are ‘unlikely’ to complete a permanent move for Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan this summer. Ryan spent the second half of 2020-21 on loan at Arsenal from Brighton – and a permanent move was an option. Celtic, meanwhile, are also being linked with Ryan.
The 29-year-old stopper only played three times for Arsenal following his move from Brighton. He was expected to play back-up to Bernd Leno and he did that, but a permanent deal was said to be on the cards. Arsenal have doubts over Iceland stopper Alex Runarsson, who only joined last summer.
But the latest report says Arsenal are unlikely to sign the £35,000-a-week man (Spotrac). He will return to Brighton, where he has a year left on his current deal. But a move north of the border is an option according to The Sun, after ex-Australia manager Ange Postecoglou joined the Hoops.
Celtic and Ryan makes sense after Arsenal decision
Ryan needs to join a side where he is playing regular football. Having dropped out of the Brighton reckoning to Robert Sanchez, the latter has since broken into the Spain squad. He needs to leave Brighton. Where better than a club in contention for titles, and in Europe?
He would easily be first choice at Parkhead. Vasilis Barkas has struggled since his move from Athens, while Scott Bain and Conor Hazard are considered squad players. It has got to a point in Ryan’s career where he needs to be the number one and Celtic is the perfect place for him.