July 12, 2024

Celtic eye Ipswich’s Czechia keeper Vaclav Hladky

The expiration of the contract for the stopper is approaching, and the Czech Republic star, currently with high-flying Ipswich Town in the English Championship, is a target for Kieran McKenna. McKenna is keen to secure the services of the former Buddies player on a new contract as Ipswich Town aims for promotion to the Premier League.

It’s widely known that Celtic will soon need a new goalkeeper, with Joe Hart entering the final months of his contract and reaching the age of 37. While Hart has been a valuable contributor to the club, many agree that it’s time for him to step down from the number one position, allowing a younger and fresher player to take on the role. With Benjamin Seigrist and Scott Bain already on the team, Brendan Rodgers will have to make a decision about moving one of them before bringing in a new goalkeeper.

Celtic has been linked to various goalkeepers as part of their succession planning for Joe Hart’s potential retirement or departure from Celtic Park. Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin has been strongly connected to a move to the Scottish Premiership Champions, and there have been rumors about interest in Kilmarnock loan star Will Dennis. However, Rodgers has indicated that goalkeeper recruitment is not a top priority in the upcoming transfer window.

According to reports from Czech media publication iSPORT, Celtic has renewed its interest in the goalkeeper’s services, citing sources from Scotland. The 33-year-old will be free to negotiate with potential suitors next month. While Celtic maintains an interest, the goalkeeper may see it as his last opportunity to move to the English Premier League and secure higher wages. However, the situation is uncertain, as Ipswich Town still needs to secure promotion, which could influence the goalkeeper’s decision. Additionally, if Celtic wins the Scottish League this year, it guarantees direct entry into the UEFA Champions League group stages, adding another appealing factor to consider.

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