Bournemouth are set for an interesting summer ahead, with the Cherries preparing for another season in the Championship.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side fell short in their efforts to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, as Brentford came from two goals down to beat the Cherries on aggregate.
With another season in the Championship being confirmed, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see players leave the Vitality Stadium on a permanent basis, as Bournemouth look to adjust to the financial demands of football in the second-tier.
One player that could be on the move is Asmir Begovic, with the Bournemouth goalkeeper keeping 18 clean sheets in 51 appearances this term.
A team that could be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer is Scottish giants Celtic, who look as though they’re soon to be managed by former Cherries boss Eddie Howe.
Speaking in an interview with Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie labelled Begovic as a ‘big player’, and felt as though the Bournemouth shot-stopper could be tempted by a move to Celtic in the summer.
“Begovic, you know, he’s a big player. Again, he’s had a very good season at Bournemouth. I do feel that, yes, the goalkeeping area is certainly a massive must for me. Begovic is a very, very good goalkeeper.
“There are lots of goalkeepers out there that would certainly be attracted to go into Celtic.”
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It wouldn’t surprise me if he was one of the Bournemouth players to head for the exit door this summer.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Eddie Howe will be appointed as Celtic’s new manager, and you couldn’t blame the former Cherries boss for raiding his old club for new additions, especially when they’ve been condemned to another season in the Championship, after falling short in their bid for promotion.
Begovic has shown his class at times this season in the Championship, and I certainly feel as though he’s capable of playing his football at a higher level than the second-tier moving forwards.
A move to Celtic could tempt him, especially since they’ll be competing in European competitions next season once again, after finishing second in the Scottish Premiership this term.