Brighton goalkeeper Maty Ryan could turn down a transfer to Arsenal in favour of a move to Celtic this summer, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Ryan, who has been capped 58 times by Australia, spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gunners, and has been tipped to return to the Emirates on a permanent basis this summer.
However, Celtic have also been mentioned as a potential destination recently, following the appointment of Ryan’s former national team manager Ange Postecoglou, and Agbonlahor feels the keeper may favour a move north of the border to get more first-team football:
“I think he’ll want to be number one. He was number one for a long period at Brighton. It would’ve been a dream move, a move to Arsenal and just to get any minutes there. But I think he’d rather be number one at Celtic than number two at Arsenal. I see him going there to Celtic if they can get the right package together.”
It remains to be seen whether the Hoops’ interest in Ryan is genuine. It seems logical to assume that Postecoglou would want his fellow countryman, considering their past history, but there are also other factors to consider.
Reports suggest that Brighton may want £5m for the Australian international and, combined with the fact he is reportedly an Arsenal supporter, there is a possibility that he would be happy to sit on the bench for the Gunners.