If you were asked to write down all of the problems with Celtic right now, you’d probably run out of paper and ink.
The Hoops have an endless supply of issues that the hierarchy and coaching staff are struggling to amend.
They can’t find a new manager and neither can they address issues at board level where they’re seeking a new director of football.
Though, when it comes to addressing the team, it’s the defence they’ll need to sort out quickly.
Individual errors have plagued their campaign, no more so than between the sticks.
Scott Bain is the preferred choice at the moment but he’s not been shy of mistakes this term. Neither has Vasilis Barkas.
After Celtic failed to secure the services of Fraser Forster again, it was the Greek stopper who Nick Hammond turned to.
A fee of £4.5m was agreed with AEK Athens but he’s had a disastrous first year in Glasgow.
Like Bain, he has been guilty of poor goalkeeping, something that particularly shone through in Europe. Barkas was at fault when the Hoops were inexplicably knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages at the hands of Ferenvaros and didn’t cover himself in glory against AC Milan either.
With that in mind, signing a goalkeeper in the summer should be right at the top of their agenda.
Dundee United ‘keeper Benjamin Siegrist has been touted with a move but another name mentioned in the last few weeks is Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton.
He’s slid down the pecking order with the Premier League club after they signed Emi Martinez from Arsenal but despite that, he’d be a great addition for any new manager at Paradise.
Speaking to Football Insider, Paul Robinson said: “Tom Heaton is a possibility. Logistically, would he be willing to move to Glasgow? I’m not sure. He might be very settled with his family.
“It would be a great signing for Celtic. Heaton would be a great signing for any club. He is a top-class, reliable goalkeeper who would be perfect for Celtic next season.”
The words reliable and top-class should be music to the ears of supporters at Parkhead.
Those are two attributes that have been completely redundant when assessing the club’s goalkeepers this term.
Heaton, on the other hand, is a proven international. Standing at 6 foot 2, he knows how to command his area and like Forster who was such a hit in Glasgow, he’s capable of producing extraordinary saves.
What Celtic need is someone proven with plenty of experience and leadership skills. The 35-year-old would be that player in a nutshell.