CELTIC face the prospect of having THREE goalkeepers out on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Ange Postecoglou is satisfied with his top trio of Joe Hart, Benji Siegrist and Scott Bain with the 75 times-capped 35-year-old England international his trusted No.1.

The Hoops boss is keen for the stand-by squad to get crucial game time and Vasilis Barkas will remain with FC Utrecht until the end of the season before the agreement with the Eredivisie club expires.

DUTCH AND GO…Vasilis Barkas makes a flying save while in action for FC Utrecht.

Northern Ireland international Conor Hazard is due back at the club when his arrangement with Finnish champions HJK Helsinki is officially completed on January 1 2023.

And top prospect Tobi Oluwayemi, who is poised for a call-up to the England Under-20 World Cup squad for the competition in Indonesia next year, could also be heading for the Hoops exit in a temporary transfer.

The 19-year-old netminder has attracted enquiries from several clubs looking for a shotstopper for the second half of the term, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Oluwayemi is viewed as the long-term first choice at the champions and the club feel he is now ready for the next stage in his career.

ROARING SUCCESS…Conor Hazard saved two penalty-kicks in the shoot-out against Hearts as Celtic completed the quadruple treble.

Postecoglou has already admitted his hopes for the teenager who joined from the Spurs Academy in 2019 and extended his deal until June 2024. The Londoner has already featured on the substitutes’ bench in European games.

The Celtic gaffer, speaking earlier this year, said: “Young Tobi is doing well and working hard.

“Stevie Woods, our goalkeeping coach, rates him very highly.

“We’ve had him up training with the team and he’s shown some good qualities.

“With all of these guys, we try to include them as much as we can and give them that experience.”

Clubs on both sies of the border are monitoring the teenager’s progress and that could spark a move at the turn of the year.

The name of Oluwayemi will be well-known to CQN readers after we tipped him as one to watch TEN months ago in a special report.

READY TO POUNCE…teenager Tobi Oluwayemi is destined for the top.

The Kid Gloves went on record to say: “Colin Meldrum and Stevie Woods have been very good with me. It’s always a good experience moving up and training with the first team.

“They both have their own styles and they are both great coaches who I really respect.”

We will continue to keep an eye on Tobi Oluwayemi as he takes the appropriate steps.

Hazard, penalty kick-saving hero of the 2020 Scottish Cup Final against Hearts when the club completed the phenomenal quadruple treble, is out of contract in June next year.

It could be the 24-year-old Irishman will leave Parkhead on a cut-price permanent deal in January.


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