Celtic urged to sign £7 million goalkeeper to replace Joe Hart

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It looks as though Celtic fans can expect a more exciting transfer window ahead of the 2024/25 season. Though after underwhelming signings in both January and last summer, that wouldn’t be hard to achieve. And it looks like there might be a signing policy change which could make quite a difference. 

It will take time to see the real impact of the signings made in recent windows. Nicolas Kuhn is starting to show his quality and we also saw Hyun-jun Yang flourishing more after his return from the AFC Asian Cup until his sending off against Hearts. Brendan Rodgers must be keen to have Luis Palma back from injury and available again too.

But those have been after slow starts and are still fairly modest successes. It remains to be seen if they can deliver in the long run.

Alongside those though, there’s a much longer list of signings who are yet to show any positive results. And a need for more significant and immediate impacts from future additions.

Celtic urged to sign £7 million goalkeeper to replace Joe Hart

It seems of late that Celtic have been most comfortable spending around £3 million to £4 million on signings. Things could be about to change in that regard. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, Mark Guidi said on The Go Radio Football Show:

"I’ve said many times. I said it last season, if Celtic can find a Jack Butland scenario or another Joe Hart scenario where it’s a free transfer or a £1m quid transfer fee and then a nice fat contract, then go for it.

“But see if you need to spend £6m-£7m then go and do it. And I’ve been told that Celtic are back in that market.

“The days of this £3m almost like a ceiling, has been wiped out. If players become available at £6m-£7m then Celtic are very much back in the market at that level.

“And that’s the way it should be, particularly for a goalkeeper."

The Hoops have of course shelled out more for some players in the past, Odsonne Edouard and Christopher Jullien for example. But it’s a short list and a rare occurrence. If the club are to really strengthen the squad with much-needed quality ready to step into the starting XI immediately, it might be an inevitable step to take.

The point about not ruling out free signings is of course sensible. So is the reference to Hart. The goalkeeper position is huge for the Hoops to get right with the Englishman retiring. Spending bigger doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. Vasilis Barkas anyone? Celtic need to get it right.