Viljami Sinisalo is being targeted by Celtic after the goalkeeper’s form last season for cinch Championship club Ayr United (Sunday Mail).

The Finland youth international is entering the final year of his contract at parent club Aston Villa and was a shining light for Ayr United in the 2020/21 term. He was a big player as David Hopkin’s side retained their league status, Celtic taking notice of his form.

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Celtic want the keeper. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Sinisalo joined Villa’s academy from native side FC Espoo in 2018 and trained with the first-team prior to his move to Ayr United. Goalkeeper was a problem position for Celtic last season and the Parkhead side will be guided into the new season by new manager, Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic will also have a colts side play in the Lowland League in the upcoming season, that division kicking off next month. Ayr United begin their 2021/22 campaign in the Premier Sports Cup against Albion Rovers.

Former Ayr boss Mark Kerr, who brought Sinisalo to Somerset Park, said of the goalkeeper when he first arrived in Scotland: ”Villa consider Viljami one of the best of his age, anywhere in Europe. He is extremely highly rated and has been training with the Villa first team for the last year. He has shown us the level of his potential.”

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