Logan Bailly's debut performance another blow for Leonardo Fasan's Celtic hopes

The new Celtic player impressed so what does that mean for his young teammate?

When Celtic signed goalkeeper Logan Bailly earlier this summer the news is unlikely to have gone down particularly well with Leonardo Fasan.

After all, the Italian stopper has impressed for Celtic’s under-20 side to such an extent that he will no doubt be hoping for some first-team recognition sooner rather than later.

While Craig Gordon is undeniably Celtic’s number one, he is 32 – a full 11 years Fasan’s senior – so the latter will have known that sooner or later he may have got chances to impress for Ronny Deila’s first-team, if only in the early stages of cup competitions.

However Bailly’s arrival means Fasan has slipped back in the pecking order and is seemingly as far away from a first-team chance as ever.

Indeed, Bailly’s debut for Celtic in a pre-season friendly against SD Eibar on Saturday suggested the Belgian will not look out of place between the sticks on the occasions when Gordon is unavailable or rested.

When Bailly first arrived at Celtic Park it seemed Fasan’s best option next season was a loan spell and after Saturday’s match that prospect seems increasingly likely.

The Italian still has time on his hands and ‘keepers rarely reach their prime so young, but Bailly’s latest showing paints a relatively bleak picture for Fasan, whose chances of ultimately making it at Celtic just took a sizeable blow.

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