Celtic eye move for Burnley goalkeeper

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The race to become Scottish champions next year is already very much underway.

While Rangers have aspirations of kicking on next term and providing viable competition, the target at Parkhead is much more ambitious.

Coming away as Champions next term will mean that Celtic have made in 10 titles in a row - something that their rivals will certainly find difficult to stomach.

However if the Bhoys are to do that then they'll need to make sure that they make a success of the summer's transfer market.

The top priority has to be signing a goalkeeper and it seems that work has already started to address the issue.

According to The Daily Record, Celtic are in talks with Joe Hart over a move.

The Burnley stopper, who is valued at £2.1million by Transfermarkt, is out of contract this summer and is therefore looking for a new club ahead of the new season.

Neil Lennon's side have been heavily linked with a move for Fraser Forster this summer after he returned to Southampton following his loan spell at Parkhead.

While Forster is regarded as the first choice target, it seems that the club are still in talks with Hart as they look to line up a back-up option.

Sources have reportedly said that Forster is expected to rejoin Celtic on another loan deal for the duration of the new campaign.

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All parties are said to be keen on striking a deal which could involve an option for a permanent deal at the end of next season.

While a deal is far from done at this stage, it certainly is a strong indication that an agreement could be done sooner rather than later.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Fraser Forster is understandably the first choice target, but Joe Hart is a decent enough backup.

While he's endured a frustrating time of late, the goalkeeper is undoubtedly a top goalkeeper who is perhaps lacking in confidence.

You'd think that he still has a lot to offer at the highest level, and a more to Celtic could be the ideal move to get his career back on track.

I'd expect Hart to be a big success in Scotland, and if the Forster deal fell through, he could be a very shrewd addition.

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