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St. Johnstone Eyeing Former-Arsenal Goalkeeper

With the likely scenario that current Goalkeeper Zander Clark will be leaving the club for new pastures, after over a decade in Perth, Saints are on the lookout for a new man between the sticks.

[Macey claims the ball]

St. Johnstone have reportedly set their sights on Hibernian's Matt Macey. The Englishman, who stands at 6ft 7in, is now out of favour in the capital, following the addition of David Marshall who will likely be Hibs' number 1.

Macey, now 27, is keen on the idea of first-team football - which could lure him to McDiarmid Park. Championship side Luton Town are also keen on the shot-stopper, with last season's play-off semi-finalists in the market for a new goalkeeper.

The Englishman came through the Bristol Rovers Academy before being snapped up by Arsenal as a teenager. Macey made 2 appearances for the 'Gunners' at senior level, but spent the majority of his time at the club out on loan, with temporary spells at Accrington Stanley, Luton Town, and Plymouth Argyle.

After replacing Ofir Marciano halfway through the 2020/21 campaign, Matt Macey played 43 times for Hibs last season in all competitions, keeping 14 clean sheets. His last game of the season was his side's 4-0 win over a heavily rotated St. Johnstone side, keeping a clean sheet in what could be his last outing for Hibernian.

Macey's contract runs until the summer of 2023 which means that a deal would have to be agreed upon with Hibs for the signature of the Goalkeeper. Financially Luton Town are the current favourites to land the goalie, they can financially outmuscle Saints, however, the Perth side can offer him the starting role in net, which may be enough to sway Macey.

Overall, Zander Clark is a very hard man to replace, in the last 2 years he has really come into his prime as a goalkeeper and has earned multiple call-ups to the Scotland Squad. Macey is a solid replacement, in my view, for the current Saints number 1. He has a good pedigree and has performed to a decent level for Hibs, hopefully, if Davidson does bring him in he can make that spot his own.

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