Joe Hart latest: Celtic turn attention to European market, move in doubt

By John McGinley

July 19, 2020

Celtic have turned their attention to the European market in the search for a number one goalkeeper, The Telegraph reports today.

Journalist Mike McGrath believes that a move for former England international may now be in doubt as Neil Lennon looks to replace last season’s stand-out Fraser Forster.

It suggests the Scottish champions are now casting the net far and wide to find the best quality available, rather than simply opting for the first available free agents and budget signings.

This weekend, the manager stated that talks are ongoing with representatives of two shot-stoppers, hoping that there would be good news on a deal sooner rather than later.

Lennon reiterated his disappointment with Forster’s decision to stay at Southampton, suggesting that a turnaround in that saga is highly unlikely.

Other goalkeeping targets are not mentioned by name by The Telegraph.

However, in recent weeks Celtic have been linked with a move for AEK number one Vasilios Barkas.

The Scottish Daily Mail reported at the start of the month that the Hoops had opened a dialogue with the club about signing the Greek international.

Scott Bain has started both friendlies in France so far this summer and will be expected to line-up against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday too.

With just Conor Hazard and Ross Doohan in reserve, Lennon doesn’t have much depth in the position.

There are only two weeks to go until the start of the Scottish Premiership season and European qualifiers.

Reported Celtic target Vasilios Barkas / (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

All signs suggest that the club are treating the goalkeeping search as a priority but we are an injury to Bain away from facing something of a crisis.

A deal needs to be completed.

In other news, Moussa Dembele has sent a message to Celtic after last night’s friendly against Lyon.