Celtic appeared to have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who is Australian.

Victor Vazquez, a former teammate of Ryan’s at Club Brugge, has stated that the 29-year-old is keen to join Spanish club Real Sociedad and is looking forward to a return to the nation, according to the Daily Record.

MATY IS SUPER MOTIVATED, SUPER HAPPY AND EAGER TO FIGHT ALEX REMIRO FOR THE NUMBER ONE KEEPER POSITION AT SOCIEDAD.

“HIS TIME IN VALENCIA LEFT HIM WITH A VERY GOOD TASTE IN HIS MOUTH, EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T PLAY AS MUCH AS HE WANTED.

“HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY ATTACHED TO SPAIN, HE LOVES ITS CULTURE AND ITS FOOD.”

According to Sun Sport, the shot-stopper is close to agreeing to a two-year agreement with Sociedad, which would cost them approximately £1 million.

Celtic’s goalkeeping woes were far from over last season, with Vasilias Barkas, Scott Bain, and Conor Hazard all spending time between the posts for the Hoops.

So, when former Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou arrived, there were early rumblings that he was trying to fix that by bringing in Ryan, who was his number one for the Australian national team.

Now, it appears that Postecoglou will have to either remain with what he has or search for alternative goalkeeping options.