Transfer Update – Celtic make an offer for Trabzonspor ‘keeper Ugurcan Çakir

According to a Turkish publication, Celtic have launched an official offer for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Çakir. The Celtic Star first reported on this last month, when it was revealed that the stopper was on a shortlist of potential candidates to be Joe Hart’s heir in between the sticks for the Scottish Premiership Champions.

Now Taka in the player’s homeland have given an update and cited Hoops CEO Michael Nicholson by name, in what is a very specific nugget of information if it were just rumour. This is a very interesting one as it’s clear that the goalkeeping department will need a proper rethink this summer transfer window. Scott Bain and the rarely spotted Benjamin Seigrist are our back-up goalkeepers respectively, but Seigrist is supposedly looking for a new home and Bain is never really called upon either.

Turkey’s goalkeeper #23 Ugurcan Cakir kicks the ball during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D qualification  match between Croatia and Turkey at the OPUS Arena Stadium in Osijek, on October 12, 2023.  (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Which begs the question: will Celtic spend really big on a new number one ‘keeper to replace the retiring Joe Hart? The Turkish international Çakir had been collecting admiring glances from English giants Liverpool a couple of seasons ago and there is also a report from Brendan Rodgers’ time at Leicester City which scout Lee Congerton – formerly of Celtic – claiming he was the best goalkeeper he had ever seen live.

Turkey’s goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir dives but fails to save the second goal scored by Switzerland’s midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (not in picture) during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group A football  between Switzerland and Turkey at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on June 20, 2021.  (Photo by VALENTYN OGIRENKO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Could there be a link there when it comes to Çakir as Rodgers looks to stamp his own authority on the squad this summertime? A £7.5 million fee is reported to have been sent via email from Michael Nicholson to the player’s club in Turkey, with a view to advancing the deal for the end of the current season. So Celtic could be getting all their ducks in a row for the upheaval of next campaign.

This one is very interesting from the outside.

Paul Gillespie

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