By Will Butcher
Europa League side Gent are set to offer Celtic’s Logan Bailly a career lifeline after a nightmare stay in Glasgow, according to a report.
The 30-year-old Belgium international has barely featured for the Hoops since his arrival from Belgian outfit OH Leuven in July 2015.
The Scottish Sun claim that Gent are ready to offer Bailly an escape route back to his homeland, with a January return on the cards.
Bailly has made just five appearances for the 47-time Scottish Champions, with injury halting his progress.
Brendan Rodgers brought in Dutch veteran Dorus de Vries in the summer, meaning Bailly has fallen even further down the pecking order at Celtic Park. Scotland international Craig Gordon remains the Bhoys’ number one.
Bailly is likely to be allowed to leave in a cut-price deal, as Celtic look to offload their number 26 before his contract ends in just over 18 months time.
An eight-time international, Bailly was one of the brightest goalkeepers in Belgian football after a three-year stint with German giants Borussia Monchengladbach.
Making 62 appearances for Gladbach, Bailly’s career has spiralled south and will be hoping to resurrect his career back in Belgium if a move from Celtic materialises.
Football Insider verdict:
A move for Bailly back to his homeland could be the turning point in his career that he so desperately needs. However, Celtic must consider the possibility of Bailly being able to rediscover his brilliant best before allowing him to leave through the exit door at Celtic Park. If Rodgers and his Celtic staff believe that Bailly can recapture the form that saw him earn eight caps for his country, then it might be worth keeping the stopper. With 35-year-old de Vries’ career nearing its end, Bailly has the quality to force his way back into Rodgers’ plans in the near future if given a chance.
In other Celtic transfer news, Moussa Dembele has given an update on his Hoops future amid Premier League interest.