6 premium Celtic goalkeeper transfer options as Kasper Schmeichel on Brendan Rodgers shortlist of 'names'

Brendan Rodgers cycled through three different goalkeepers in Celtic's first pre-season friendly with Ayr United - a surefire sign, as if it was needed, that he doesn't yet have his new No.1.

Scott Bain, Tobi Oluwayemi and Josh Clarke all took turns between the sticks at Somerset Park but the likelihood is any ongoing battle is for the mantle of No.2 to an incoming shotstopper who will claim the gloves. Speaking after the game, Rodgers was pressed on the possibility of a reunion with veteran Kasper Schmeichel, and he was a long way from ruling it out. "Kasper's a very, very good one," he said. "I know Kasper very well. But there are lots of names. and clearly I'm not going to tell you who those names are."

Lots of names isn't overstating it. As many as 15 different keepers have been linked with replacing Joe Hart at one point or another, and Rodgers' address hints it may be a little while yet before the search is complete. To help make some sense of it, Record Sport have taken a look at the six best options in the field.

Kasper Schmeichel

Starting with the elephant in the room, Schmeichel and Rodgers have a proven working relationship from their time together at Leicester. He was linked a year ago, but the waters were murky at the time, with Joe Hart still holding the No.1 shirt and Schmeichel under contract at Nice at the time.

Brendan Rodgers and Kasper Schmeichel with the FA Cup -Credit:The FA via Getty Images
Brendan Rodgers and Kasper Schmeichel with the FA Cup -Credit:The FA via Getty Images

Now though it's a different story altogether: Schmeichel is out of contract after a season with Anderlecht, and Celtic need a proven No.1. The black mark against this one is Schmeichel's age: at 37, he's a short-term fix, with a season or two at most before his abilities naturally start to wane. But if the plan for Rodgers is to plug the gap now and develop the likes of Clarke or Oluwayemi into the long-term No.1, then there are few better or more practical options on the market.

Arijanet Muric

Reports south of the border suggest that Celtic and Wolves are 'monitoring' the Burnley keeper whose future looks up in the air. He had a run of games towards the end of last season but it's likely James Trafford will start next season as their first-choice, depending on how new boss Scott Parker views it. Muric is one they could cash in on to raise a few quid, and while a £10m price tag seems steep, if that can be negotiated down, then he should be considered a top option.

Caoimhin Kelleher

It's all gone a little quiet on this front with Arne Slot now in the door at Liverpool and assessing the state of play. Established No.1 Alisson has been linked with a move away and Kelleher, who played more minutes than the Brazilian last season due to injuries, is a shoo-in to step straight in and replace him if he goes. But he's been pretty clear he wants to be the No.1 somewhere next season, and if Alisson is staying put, that will likely have to be somewhere else.

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool
Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool -Credit:Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Celtic are said to be "very keen" on with the Irishman who has made 47 appearances for the Reds and is known for his commanding presence and impressive reflexes. At 25, has his best years ahead of him, and could be their No.1 for the next decade.

Yvon Mvogo

A report from L'Equipe claim Celtic have 'positioned themselves' in the chase for Lorient keeper Mvogo, who is also attracting interest from Parma. He's currently on Euro 2024 duty with Switzerland, but it's reported he has an 'exit voucher' for this summer after his club suffered relegation to Ligue 2. His country's second choice, Mvogo is an impressive reflex shotstopper and has plenty of experience with almost 250 games for Young Boys, Lorient, PSV and Leipzig. He was once viewed as one of the top up-and-coming keepers in Europe and, at 30, will be keen to show he can still mix it with the best at a Champions League club.

Martin Dubravka

Record Sport understands Dubravka is one of the options under consideration. The 35-year-old has been a victim of the chaotic goalkeeping situation at Newcastle and is looking for a way out. And speaking after Slovakia's heartbreaking loss to England, he said: "I have no idea. I have seen they are talking with other goalkeepers. I need to speak with the manager first. What is the plan for me? What is my future? I don’t know if they want me to stay or not. It is difficult for me, because I have been focussed on my job with the national team."

He's made no bones about it and looks almost certain to leave with a year to run on his deal. Having once been viewed as one of the best keepers in the Premier League, he still has plenty to offer.

Arnaud Bodart

The Standard Liege goalkeeper is approaching the final year of his contract and, with no new deal seemingly incoming, it's believed the Belgian club are open to a sale. They are said to want €4m (£3.4m) to part with the 26-year-old and Celtic are among a host of clubs said to be chasing a deal. At just over 6ft, he's not the tallest, nor is he the loudest presence, but he commands his area well, and captained his side on various occasions last season.