Premier League-winning goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has agreed a one-year deal to sign for Belgian club Anderlecht. The Danish Internationalist left OGC Nice earlier this summer after reaching a mutual agreement with the Cote D’Azur club to terminate his deal.
Deadline Day drama resulted in links being made suggesting that Celtic might be interested in signing the player in an attempt to reunite Brendan Rodgers with one of his most trusted lieutenants from his time at Leicester City.
Celtic had been considering a move for a new goalkeeper this summer as the weighed up whether Benjamin Siegrist would depart or not. Joe Hart is the well-established No.1 at the club and his experience was noted in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Rangers at Ibrox. Hart, 35, has a year remaining on his deal with the Scottish Champions and Celtic are said to be keen on a long-term replacement for the England Internationalist, should he depart.
Now, Schmeichel will head for Anderlecht as he looks to continue playing football, despite having turned 36. The goalkeeper had interest from the Premier League but wanted to keep playing. Celtic were never going to be interested in replacing Hart with Schmeichel.
Schmeichel, who comes from a fine stock of goalkeepers, actually cut his teeth in Scottish football with Falkirk but it is highly unlikely that he will rock up in the Cinch anytime soon.