By Alex McLeish

17th Jun, 2021 | 8:30pm

McLeish: Celtic are working on 'world-class' signing 'worth 15 points a season' after Ryan latest

Alex McLeish has backed Celtic to splash out £3million-plus to sign Mat Ryan from Brighton.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 29-year-old goalkeeper could turn out to be a “world-class” capture for the Bhoys.

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday (June 15th), Celtic have registered their interest in Ryan and are putting together a contract package.

The shot-stopper has already held talks about joining Arsenal permanently, with a transfer fee of between £3-5million discussed.

Brighton have given the green light for Ryan to leave as he heads into the final year of his contract.

McLeish insisted Celtic needed to strengthen the spine of their team this summer.

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As such, he claimed Ryan would be a valuable addition to the starting XI.

Asked if Ryan would be worth the money, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, he would be. Getting the spine of the team is so important. 

“When you get a goalkeeper of Ryan’s international class then you would be expecting him to be worth 15 points a season, if not even higher for someone world class.

“He knows his way about the goals, he knows his way about the whole area. He’s a good positional goalkeeper. I don’t think he’s a giant but he is very athletic, or he has been in the years I’ve seen him.

“It sounds like more of the kind of signing Celtic should indeed be buying.” 

Ryan has made 124 Premier League appearances and has 58 international caps under his belt.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal and played three times for the Gunners.

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