What now for Leonardo Fasan after Logan Bailly reportedly agrees Celtic deal?

Celtic

The short-term future of one of Celtic's talented young players seems a little unclear for now.

Following the news – as confirmed by Belgian club Oud-Heverlee Leuven’s official website earlier this week – that Celtic had agreed a deal to sign 29-year-old goalkeeper Logan Bailly, there are questions to be asked about the short-term future of Bhoys stopper Leonardo Fasan.

The young Italian goalkeeper impressed for Celtic’s under-20 side last season, putting in some wonderful performances and prompting Young Hoops coach Stevie Frail to call him "terrific" in comments published by the club’s official website.

But despite Fasan’s emergence his age was always going to be an issue in terms of acting as back-up for Celtic’s undisputed number one Craig Gordon.

The Scotland international appeared 52 times for Celtic last season, meaning whoever acts as his back-up is going to have to get used to a prolonged spell on the bench.

But with Bailly seemingly a done deal could a loan move for Fasan be the best option for all concerned next season?

After all the 21-year-old is contracted to Celtic for another two years but as yet he has not played any senior first-team football either at the Scottish champions or elsewhere.

A year away, getting a higher level of competitive action under his belt and earning more experience, could be the making of him and he will still know he has time on his side.

Even with Bailly’s seemingly imminent arrival and Gordon’s continued good form, Fasan could get his chance at Celtic; just do not expect it to be for a while yet.

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