Celtic can save millions with Oluwayemi

When Joe Hart arrived at Parkhead last summer, Celtic fans would have been forgiven for thinking the 34-year-old goalkeeper might already be past his prime.

Indeed, following the former England international’s departure from Manchester City in 2018, the goalkeeper endured three seasons of relative anonymity, making just 24 appearances over a two-year spell with Burnley, before appearing just ten times during his one-year stay. . at Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite this, so far this season the £23,500-a-week goalkeeper has proven to be something of a revelation between the sticks for Celtic, impressing heavily in his 29 Premiership appearances, keeping as many goals. to zero that you have granted. goals, 16.



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However, it cannot be ignored that, with Hart turning 35 at the end of this month, the goalkeeper will probably not be Ange Postecoglou’s first choice in the role for much longer than his three-year contract, at which point the English will be 38 years old. .

As such, the 56-year-old manager will already be putting a plan in place for life after Hart.

And, considering the rave reviews that 18-year-old Tobi Oluwayemi has received for his performances for Celtic B this season, the England Under-19 international appears to be a natural successor to the Hoops’ current number one.

In fact, recently speaking to 67HailHail, B-team coach Tommy McIntyre revealed just how high his hopes are for the teenager, stating:

“He is an England international, he plays in the Under-19s with England. He is showing great maturity for someone so young. He is growing.

“He is going to go up there and the answer is that he is doing very well training with the first team. I think he will always improve, he is that type. So he’s on a good path and he’s in the right place right now. We have high hopes for Tobi.”

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Furthermore, in a report for The Athletic last year, Kieran Devlin also shed some light on the club’s plans for the teenager, with the journalist writing:

“It is understood that the club’s intention is that Hart, who is generous with his time to help younger players, can guide Oluwayemi for years to come.

“By the time the summer of 2024 rolls around, Hart will just turn 37 and the club hopes that Oluwayemi will be ready to establish himself as No. 1. Before that, they hope that Oluwayemi can eventually become second choice and possibly challenge Hart for the shirt before 2024. .”

As such, considering all the noise being made regarding Oluwayemi’s future, it would indeed appear that Postecoglou already has a successor ready for Hart at Lennoxtown, something that could well end up saving the Bhoys millions of pounds in transfer fees.

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