Former Rangers playmaker Thomas Buffel has told The Scottish Sun that he was 'surprised' to see goalkeeper Logan Bailly sign for Celtic.
The Bhoys announced on their official website last week that Bailly, 29, had completed a move from OH Leuven, signing for Celtic on a three-year contract.
Bailly, who has earned eight caps for the Belgium national team, arrives to provide cover for first choice goalkeeper Craig Gordon, with previous backup Lukasz Zaluska leaving Glasgow upon the expiration of his contract earlier this summer.
With Celtic also signing Dedryck Boyata, Saidy Janko and Nadir Ciftci this summer, the arrival of Bailly has flown somewhat under the radar - but Buffel has certainly had his eye on the deal.
Buffel used to play for Celtic's fierce rivals Rangers, and is familiar with his Belgian compatriot Bailly - but told The Scottish Sun that he was 'surprised' by Bailly's move to Celtic due to concerns over his fitness, adding that, if focused, Bailly could compete with Gordon for the No. 1 spot.
"I was surprised Logan went from Leuven to Celtic," said Buffel. "But that’s only because I don’t know how fit he is right now. That’s the question. If he can push himself again to good fitness he is a top goalkeeper. He made his mark in Belgian football early on in his career. When he was young he was always seen as a promising goalkeeper. He made his mark at Genk and he had a lot of potential. He was very powerful."
"Logan is a very good goalkeeper. He can kick with both feet. When he is playing he isn’t afraid to speak or shout. So why can’t he become the No1? It’s all about being fit and pushing himself. I think if you get an opportunity like this it has to give you a boost again. I don’t think he fears any pressure. He can handle that for sure. If he can concentrate on the pitch he is able to do well. In football you can see these sorts of unexpected things happen," he added.
How much will Bailly play next season?
With the aforementioned Zaluska leaving the club, Bhoys manager Ronny Deila had to bring in experienced cover for Gordon, and did that by landing Bailly.
Yet, having gone from a regular with OH Leuven to a backup in Scotland, many will wonder just how many games Bailly will play.
Buffel may believe that Bailly can push Gordon all the way, but the Scot is firmly entrenched as Celtic's first choice goalkeeper, with Zaluska playing just six times last season - and regardless of how much Buffel rates Bailly, the new Celtic stopper could be looking at a similar fate to Zaluska next season.