Celtic identify another Fraser Forster alternative

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Celtic's plan to bring Fraster Forster back to the club was dealt a mighty blow this week.

Neil Lennon was intent on re-signing the colossal goalkeeper but Southampton have seemingly ruled that out.

Reports indicate the Saints want Forster to compete for the number one spot with Alex McCarthy next season, thus, denting a huge hole in the Hoops' plans.

Forster has had numerous spells in Glasgow but it looks as though the Bhoys will have to look elsewhere to his replacement.

With Craig Gordon also leaving, there is a massive space to fill in the Celtic squad.

Plenty of alternatives have been linked with a switch to Parkhead, including former England stopper Joe Hart.

Vasilis Barkas is another name touted with a switch, as is former Celtic man David Marshall.

Hart & Forster

Though, another target has now emerged for the Hoops.

It's believed that Celtic are interested in signing ex-St Mirren 'keeper Vaclav Hladky this summer.

The 29-year-old is out of contract and would represent a bargain move for Nick Hammond and co if they could lure him to Parkhead.

The report comes from Football Insider who suggest Rangers have pulled out of the race to sign Hladky.

Celtic's recruitment team have long thought of him as one of the best stoppers in Scotland. 

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GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

A move for Hladky would surely represent one of the cheapest options available to Lennon ahead of next season.

The deal to sign Forster has been complicated by his £100k-a-week wage at Southampton while Hart is likely to demand high wages too.

The former Burnley man was on £45k-a-week in the north-west of England so would presumably have to take some sort of pay cut.

However, landing Hladky over the two aforementioned goalkeepers would certainly not be a bad thing.

Possessing 18 months of experience in the Scottish top-flight, he's been one of St Mirren's standout players.

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The Czech born player kept 14 clean sheets in 38 outings this season, earning fine appraisals for his performances.

Speaking earlier this year, former defender Alan Hutton reserved glowing plaudits for Hladky.

He told Football Insider: "I think he’s done unbelievably well at St Mirren, any time I’ve seen them he’s been one of their standout players.

“If you look at the lower teams, the keeper is a massive part of what they do and how they get points up on the board. He’s been an unbelievable player for them for the last little while so it doesn’t surprise me Rangers have been sniffing around him." 

As Hutton says, the fact he's used to facing so many shots per game should stand him in good stead for a move to Glasgow. His concentration skills are certainly good.

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