CELTIC have stepped up their search for a new keeper with Australian international Mat Ryan on their radar.

The former Brighton No.1 spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal.

Ryan, of course, is well known to incoming manager Ange Postecoglou who is said to be keen to work with him again following their time together with the national side.

He picked the netminder as his top choice for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup and their 2015 Asian Cup triumph.

No formal discussions have taken place at this stage between either of the parties, according to a report on Sky Sports News.

Arsenal, as well as clubs in Spain and France, are interested in the 29-year-old following his temporary spell at the Emirates, during which he played three games.

Ryan’s Brighton contract is up next summer and he is expected to leave the club in this window.

The Parkhead side struggled to replace Fraser Forster when he returned to parent club Southampton in the pre-season.

With Craig Gordon leaving around the same time for ex-club Hearts, Celtic shelled out £4.5million to AEK Athens for Vasilis Barkas who failed to impress.

Neil Lennon and John Kennedy also brought in Scott Bain and Connor Hazard as they looked for a solution.


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