Ofir Marciano's 'world class' Hibernian display should have caught Celtic's eye

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic have been linked with Hibs midfielder John McGinn but his goalkeeping team-mate Ofir Marciano should perhaps be considered too.

Ofir Marciano of Hibernian in action during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Celtic can take a great deal of pride out of their 2-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. After 5-0 and 3-0 hammerings against PSG and the Bundesliga giants in this season’s Champions League group stage, The Hoops showed that they could hold their own against Europe’s best after all.

If it wasn’t for a hair-pulling error by goalkeeper Craig Gordon, caught out of position to gift Kingsley Coman Bayern’s first-half opener, the result might just have been even better.

With Gordon not getting any younger at the age of 34, a high-profile error may raise the question about whether Celtic need to prepare for life after the long-serving Scot. Especially with back-up Dorus De Vries two years older and out of contract in the summer.

Glasgow's Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon punches out the ball during the Champions League group B match between FC Bayern Munich and Celtic Glasgow in Munich, southern Germany, on...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, then, should take the time to watch Ofir Marciano’s virtuoso display in Hibernian’s 3-0 win against Kilmarnock elsewhere in Scotland on Tuesday.

'As good as Gordon's'

“(Killie) were unlucky with the one off the bar and my goalkeeper has made an unbelievable save from Kris Boyd, world class,” Hibs boss Neil Lennon said after a result which took the Edinburgh side third in the table, per the Daily Record.

“It was as good as Craig Gordon’s at Celtic Park a few weeks ago. Anything (Marciano) had to deal with, he dealt with.”

Ofir Marciano of Hibernian heads at the Aberdeen goal in the last minute during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on April 22,...

The 28-year-old Israeli international moved to Hibs from Ashdod in the summer after a loan spell at Easter Road last season and is cultivating a growing reputation in Scotland. If Celtic are in need of a younger keeper, one who knows the league, then Marciano should come into the champions' thinking.

Celtic are expected to renew their interest in Hibs midfielder John McGinn in the New Year but perhaps they should make a few enquiries about the talented goalkeeper too.

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