June 25, 2024

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Celtic working on deal for Bayer Leverkusen player

Celtic appear to be working on a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen player, as they look to have a strong summer transfer window…

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Celtic are heading towards a very important summer transfer window. They won their third-straight league title this time around but there is clearly a lot of room for improvement, as Brendan Rodgers’ side had an inconsistent campaign overall. There is a desire to see the club show improvement in Europe as well.

One area which Celtic will need to address this summer is between the posts. Joe Hart will be retiring from the game after next weekend’s Scottish Cup final against the Rangers.

Hart has not only been an important player for Celtic for the past three seasons but a leader to a squad full of youngsters as well. So, the club have big boots too fill, that is for sure.

They have been linked with high-profile players like Caoimhin Kelleher, Andriy Lunin and Ugurcan Cakir. But it looks like it is a Bayer Leverkusen loanee who could be Celtic’s next number one.

Celtic working on deal for Bayer Leverkusen player

As reported by Football Insider, Celtic are working on a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrick Pentz. The goalkeeper’s ability with the ball at his feet has caught the eye of Rodgers who will look for his new number one between the posts to help build forward from the back.

Of course, Hart was more of a traditional goalkeeper, who never excelled with the ball at his feet. That is one area where Celtic could certainly improve as they look to recruit their next number one.

It is hard to judge what someone like Pentz would bring to the table. He has had a decent spell on loan with Brondby but could not make an impression at teams like Bayer Leverkusen and Reims before that. Playing for Celtic is not just about being a good player but also being able to deal with the pressure as well.


Celtic want to sign £10 million Burnley goalkeeper

By Sourav Mahanty

Everton FC v Burnley FC - Premier League
Everton FC v Burnley FC – Premier League / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Celtic will need to sign a new number one in the upcoming summer transfer window. Joe Hart will be retiring after next weekend’s Scottish Cup final against the Rangers, having been the Hoops’ first-choice goalkeeper over the past three seasons. Neither Scott Bain nor Benjamin Siegrist are believed to be ready to take his place in the team.

Naturally, Celtic have been linked with a number of goalkeepers in recent times. Whether that be someone like Caoimhin Kelleher, who is currently playing for Liverpool. Or those who have been linked with a move to Anfield, like Anthony Patterson and Alex McCarthy.

Now, it looks like a former Manchester City goalkeeper is on their radar. But signing him could take a significant transfer fee.

As reported by journalist Alan Nixon via Patreon (via 67 Hail Hail), Celtic are said to be keeping tabs on Burnley’s Arijanet Muric. He is likely to be available for a transfer fee somewhere in the region of £10 million this summer.

Celtic want to sign £10 million Burnley goalkeeper

Muric came through the ranks at Manchester City and made a few appearances for them at the senior level as well. But he was never able to establish himself as an important part of Pep Guardiola’s side, spending the majority of his time out on loan.

Muric ended up leaving Manchester City in the summer of 2022 in order to join Burnley. He played a key role in them getting promoted to the Premier League.

Once back in the Premier League, Muric was not given the same amount of opportunities though. Now, it remains to be seen what the future holds for him, as Burnley head back to the Championship. His current deal with the English club is believed to run until the summer of 2026, and it would take a significant figure to sign him.


Joe Hart sends emotional message to Celtic fans

By Sourav Mahanty

Celtic v St Mirren - Cinch Scottish Premiership
Celtic v St Mirren – Cinch Scottish Premiership / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Celtic’s game against St Mirren will live long in the memory for many reasons. Of course, it was the day that the Hoops celebrated their league triumph and lifted the Premiership trophy. It was also the last time that Joe Hart appeared at Parkhead. The Englishman has already announced his decision to retire at the end of the campaign and his final match will be at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup final against the Rangers.

Admittedly, it was not a popular decision when Hart was signed by Celtic in the summer of 2021 from Tottenham Hotspur. Many felt that he was well past his prime and no longer good enough to be number one.

Hart has been Celtic’s number one for the past three seasons and won the league title each time. And the club have a tough task on their hands, finding a replacement for him in the summer.

Not only has Hart been an important player for Celtic but a much-needed leader as well in the aftermath of Scott Brown’s exit. And over time, he is someone that the fans have embraced. Something that had seemed very unlikely when he was signed in the summer of 2021.

Joe Hart sends emotional message to Celtic fans

Hart was clearly emotional as he said goodbye to Parkhead this weekend. As reported by STV News, he told the crowd:

“Guys, I have never felt professionally that special before in my entire life.

“Myself, my family, from the bottom of my heart, I absolutely adore every single one of you, everyone associated with this football club.

“It’s such a special place. I was asked yesterday, how do you explain this to people? I don’t want to explain this to anyone, this is not a club that needs explaining, this is a club that speaks for itself.

“You guys are absolutely phenomenal. It’s part of you, you have made me feel so special and humble.

“I absolutely love it, thank you so much for having me.”

A ‘Super Joe Hart’ banner was unveiled at the start of the second half. He also received an ovation from the entire stadium after being taken off in the 87th minute of the game.

Of course, the job is not finished for Hart yet. He has enjoyed a trophy-laden time in Glasgow. This league was his sixth title with the club. And he will get the chance to end it with seven next weekend.

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