Etienne Vaessen breaks Celtic transfer silence as decision timeline set after emotional RKC exit

Outgoing RKC Waalwijk goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen insists he is in no rush to decide his future amid speculation over a move to Celtic.

The Premiership champions are in dire need of a new No. 1 with Joe Hart set to play his final game for the club in the Scottish Cup final showdown with Rangers - but the former England international is not the only shot-stopper that is set to leave Celtic Park at the end of the campaign. Scott Bain will also become a free agent in the summer while third-choice Benjamin Siegrist is firmly out of the Parkhead picture and is expected to leave Celtic this summer.

Vaessen will leave the Eredivisie side this summer when his contract expires - having come through the youth ranks at the club and spent almost a decade in the first-team picture. RKC lost 3-1 to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven last weekend - but they survived relegation after results went their way sparking wild scenes at the Mandemakers Stadion.

The 28-year-old captain of the club was visibly emotional as he celebrated after the full-time whistle - and declared it was the perfect way to sign off his time in Waalwijk. Speaking to Omroep Brabant about his next move after an emotional RKC exit amid speculation over a switch to Celtic: “When I’m on holiday, there will be some tears.

"It was one of the toughest seasons of my career, especially mentally. I am so happy with this end result. Afterwards, things went crazy on the field and in the locker room. I am happy that I chose to stay for another year last summer.

"RKC will remain in the Eredivisie. That is what we all did it for. And with a new squad and many young boys. Now, the search starts for a new club, but I’m not working on that yet.”