Zaluska eyes number one role at Celtic

Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has set his sights on becoming first choice for the club, insisting he is prepared to stay and fight for his future at Parkhead.

Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has set his sights on becoming first choice for the club, insisting he is prepared to stay and fight for his future at Parkhead.

The 29-year-old Pole joined the Hoops in 2009 but has spent much of his time there playing second fiddle to first Artur Boruc and then to on-loan Fraser Forster last season.

Celtic have made moves to bring in Forster on a permanent deal from Newcastle, but recently saw a bid rejected for the 23-year-old.

And that has given Zaluska hope he can become manager Neil Lennon’s top pick between the posts this season.

“After last year – my worst year ever because I played just two games – I’m pretty sure this season will be much better for me,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“I’m ready to play, the gaffer knows that. I hope every game I can prove to him I can be Celtic number one.

“To be honest after my first season when Artur Boruc was the Celtic number one keeper and I played something like 17 games, Artur then went to Fiorentina and I expected to play more than I did in that first season.

“But Fraser came and played very well. He broke records for keeping clean sheets and everything.

“I spoke with the gaffer a lot of times but Fraser did well and I have had to wait for my chance.

“I hope it has come now and we will see what happens.”

Zaluska is hoping Celtic’s tour Down Under, in which he started the match against Central Coast Mariners last weekend, can help his cause.

“I know Celtic are looking at goalkeepers, but if they sign a number one then we are fighting for a place,” he said.

“I believe in myself. I know the gaffer trusts me and I am looking forward to a massive challenge.

“Would I have to move if I don’t start this season? I love this club, I want to stay here and I don’t want to think about being second choice all season.

“I hope I play far more games.”

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