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Celtic told to consider Leicester stopper Danny Ward

Celtic are stuck in a hefty transition phase right now as their new manager Ange Postecoglou tries to repair the rubble of an arduous 2020/21 campaign.

Errors were rife in the Hoops defence while injuries and a lack of quality in the final third plagued what they’d hoped would be a season of ten in a row.

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This summer will witness a mass exodus at Celtic. No longer are Mo Elyounoussi, Diego Laxalt or Jonjoe Kenny at the club while Scott Brown has finally left for Aberdeen.

Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard are also potentially set for the exit door but it’s an area where the Bhoys are well stacked that arguably needs improving the most.

That happens to be in goal where Conor Hazard, Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain all made individual errors last term.

With that in mind, Charlie Nicholas has recommended Leicester City goalkeeper Danny Ward as a potential signing.

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Writing in the Express this week (29/06/21), he said: “Celtic need a new number one because Vasilis Barkas is not the answer. I think they could solve this position with a good loan.

“I would suggest Danny Ward. He’s not getting regular football at Leicester City and has shown internationally he’s a reliable and solid keeper.”

A big upgrade

Coming into the summer, the idea that Ward would have been a good signing for Celtic would have been written off fairly quickly.

The Welshman hasn’t played a league game since May 2017, reduced to playing second fiddle to Kasper Schmeichel at the King Power Stadium.

However, his form at the European Championships was nothing short of exceptional.

Wales managed to reach the last 16 of Euro 2020 but were beaten 4-0 by a dominant Denmark side.

Ward wasn’t at fault for any of those strikes, though, as he caught the eye with some fantastic performances during the group stage.

Speaking about his displays, former Leicester man Andy King commented: “He’s been one of Wales’ outstanding players in this tournament.”

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King continued: “He’s been commanding, he’s come for crosses and his distribution has been excellent.”

What Celtic lacked last season between the sticks was a commanding and vocal presence. Barkas was arguably treated harshly after starting just twice following the New Year period but his exile from the side came after errors in European action.

Bain was hardly a pillar of solidity either. Like his Greek teammate, the Scot made a plethora of errors in Europe and was also questionable in the Old Firm derby a few months ago.

Alfredo Morelos skinned Scott Brown all too easily before firing a rampaging shot towards goal that went straight through the hapless ‘keeper.

Ward, however, is proven and reliable. Following the group stages of Euro 2020, only two other goalkeepers had made more than his 4.3 saves per 90 minutes.

The 28-year-old also ended the first stage of the tournament having prevented more xG (3.77) than any other stopper. The next best goalkeeper was Finland’s Lukas Hradecky on 2.27.

Judging by his performances this summer, Ward would be a superb addition to Celtic’s ranks. Ange Postecoglou must test the waters of former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers in the coming weeks and months.

AND in other news, Celtic open talks to sign £8.5m gem of the “highest quality”, Ange will love him…

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