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Paper Talk: Celtic Chasing Ali Al Habsi?

With England international Frazer Forster now a confirmed Southampton player, it wasn't going to take long for Celtic to be linked with other goalkeepers and one of ours is a reported target for the Glaswegian club.

Ben Hoskins

Sky Sports have suggested that Celtic are out looking for a new goalkeeper, well with the departure of first choice Frazer Forster to Southampton that's not an awfully bad idea for them to go looking for a new goalkeeper. Their reported first choice would be our Omanian goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Following shoulder surgery last summer, the club had to bring someone else in to take the first choice spot while Ali Al Habsi was out recovering. Owe Coyle made the sensational move for former England international Scott Carson, and it meant following Ali's recovery we have two very talented goalkeepers at the club.

Going into this season it was unclear who would be first choice, last season Uwe Rosler had tinkered between the two trying to get a clear indication just who would be his number one. Neither goalkeeper would budge and has given Rosler quite a headache. It does look now though that Carson has forced himself into the number one slot after starting against Reading at the weekend.

This could open the door to a possible move.

Would the club listen to offers? Well with highly rated and talented back up goalkeeper Lee Nicholls also on the books, it may make economic sense to let one keeper go. That goalkeeper could be fan favorite Ali Al Habsi.

Something else I also wonder though is are Celtic in the market for a new goalkeeper? They only recent brought in Craig Gordon on a free transfer from Sunderland, would they not want him to be their first choice?

This is very much a rumor and if anything is going to happen only in the very early stages, but it wouldn't surprise me if we ended up letting go of one of our keepers. Following the team on Saturday the keeper that could go looks to be Ali Al Habsi.