Michel Vorm’s desire for playing time could thwart move to Celtic

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There’s still a long way to go in current campaign, but Celtic are clearly in the driver’s seat in the Scottish Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ men lost their unbeaten record and remain clear of Rangers in top spot. If you’re going to be making a deposit at a real money betting site any time soon, it may be prudent to put a little cash on Celtic to finish year top of the table.

Scotsman recently reported that Celtic have their eyes on Tottenham Hotspur backup goalkeeper Michel Vorm. The Scottish side may well decide to send an offer Spurs’ way once the transfer window opens in January. While Vorm would likely be open to a move away from North London, he may seek assurances that playing time will be there if he does leave Spurs.

Now 34, it’s easy to see why Vorm may be looking to cement himself as a first-choice keeper somewhere else. Hugo Lloris is entrenched as starter for Mauricio Pochettino, and Vorm has shown that he is fully capable of being a No. 1 option somewhere in Europe.

Vorm made a name for himself playing for Swansea City, where he made 97 appearances before moving to Tottenham in 2014. Vorm has played well whenever Spurs have given him playing time, but Lloris is one of best goalkeepers on the planet.

Vorm’s desire for playing time could complicate a potential move to Celtic. Craig Gordon has established himself as a very capable first choice in goal for Brendan Rodgers. With Gordon under contract through summer of 2020, Vorm may not get the opportunity he’s seeking if he moves to Scotland.

If Celtic are unable to promise Vorm regular first team action, it makes sense for him to seek a move elsewhere. Vorm likely wouldn’t seriously challenge Gordon as top choice at Celtic Park.

This isn’t Celtic have shown interest in the Dutchman. Rodgers’ side sought a move for Vorm back in 2016, but were unable to complete a deal as Tottenham viewed him as their chief backup to Lloris. Now that Spurs have brought in Paolo Gazzaniga, however, Vorm’s days as the No. 2 in North London appear numbered.

Gazzaniga drew a recent start when Lloris was injured, which seems to be a clear indication that Vorm does not have much of a role with his current squad. Gazzaniga played well in spot start and helped Spurs defeat Crystal Palace.

Vorm’s contract expires next summer, so it makes sense for Tottenham to potentially find him a new home in January.

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