Celtic handed transfer boost in pursuit of international 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.

Based on the latest reports, it seems that one move could be gathering pace.

Celtic have already been linked with a move for David Marshall, but it seems that current events could speed up a potential deal.

According to Football Insider, the financial situation of Wigan Athletic has opened the door for the Bhoys to make a move.

Marshall is entering the final 12 months of his contract with the Latics, but with the club going into administration it means that a cut-price deal could be agreed.

Celtic are determined to sign a goalkeeper following the end of Fraser Forster's loan spell at Parkhead.

The Southampton goalkeeper could be available this summer, but is likely to cost more than Neil Lennon's side will be willing to pay.

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One aspect that could aid a move for the Wigan man is his connection with the Glasgow.

Marshall was born in the Scottish city and started his career with Celtic, something which, according to Alex Bruce, could be decisive in pushing a move through.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: "I know Marshy lives in Glasgow so it would probably tick a lot of boxes for him in terms of location, his family as well.

“He’s obviously proved himself to be a good goalkeeper over the years so that would be one worth keeping an eye on.”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a deal that is gathering pace all of the time.

There's no secret that Celtic are looking for a goalkeeper to join the club this summer, and David Marshall is one of those on their radar.

Given his allegiance to Celtic it would be incredibly hard for him to turn down the opportunity of a move to his boyhood club

At the age of 35 this could be his last chance to secure such a move, and so he's going to be pushing to make it happen.

Given Wigan's financial situation, they're likely to be active in trying to offload the goalkeeper and that could see the move progress quickly.

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