New Celtic signing Logan Bailly has told the club's official website that it's a 'dream' to join the club - and admitted his respect for Craig Gordon.
Bailly, 29, has left OH Leuven in his native Belgium in order to join Celtic on a three-year contract, replacing former backup goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska in Glasgow.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach stopper will provide experienced cover for first choice goalkeeper Gordon, with Celtic needing bodies ahead of their Champions League qualifiers this summer.
Bailly - who has eight caps for Belgium - spoke to the club's official website after completing his move, and admitted that he has respect for Gordon, but wants to challenge him for the No. 1 jersey.
"It’s a great feeling, it’s big team with a big history and I’m very happy I’m here," said Bailly. "When you see Celtic from the outside, you know it is a big team but when you are here you realise that it is a lot bigger. My manager told me about the interest but when you hear that a club like Celtic is interested in you, at first you don’t believe it, it’s like a dream to play for Celtic. When you play football you dream of playing on the big stage."
"I have a lot of respect for him because he is a great goalkeeper with a lot of experience in a long career so it will be nice to be training with him. I’m 29 but I can still learn a lot from him. I think I’m in my prime just now as 29 or 30-years-old is a great age for a goalkeeper. As I said, I’m 29 but I hope that my career is starting now and I still have a few years left to play football," he added.
What are Bailly's expectations?
Next season, Celtic will once again go into the campaign with Gordon as their first choice stopper, and Bailly will purely be expected to offer an understudy to the Scottish international.
Yet, given that Gordon has had his problems with injuries in recent years, Bailly - who is three years younger than former Sunderland goalkeeper Gordon - will have to be ready to seize his opportunity should one arise.
He may not play much next season, but Bailly could be a future first choice goalkeeper for Celtic, and he could be given the chance to impress in cup games next term.