£4m rated Hart replacement identified as Celtic’s priority target

Celtic’s top target to replace Joe Hart as first choice goalkeeper for next season has been identified and reported this morning by Stephen McGowan…

Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton at St. James Park on May 11, 2024 (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

And it’s NOT Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka who tops the Lennoxtown list but Sparta Prague’s Peter Vindahl Jensen.  And the reporter at the Scottish Daily Mail reckons that it will cost £4m to bring the 26-year old Danish goalkeeper to the Scottish Champions this summer.

Peter Vindahl Jensen of Nürnberg reacts during the Second Bundesliga match between 1. FC Nürnberg and FC St. Pauli at Max-Morlock-Stadion on January 29, 2023 (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

There’s paper talk too about Scott McKenna, a free agent after running down his contract at Nottingham Forest, being linked to a move back to either Celtic or theRangers, but the player himself has said that there’s nothing but speculation in those reports and while he is ruling nothing out he has not had any such approach and will worry about his club football situation after Scotland’s involvement in Euro 2024 is over.  McKenna is 27 years old, so could have around five years playing at a decent level ahead of him.

Scott McKenna during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 02, 2023. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Having recently sampled Champions League knock-out football with Copenhagen, while on loan from Nottingham Forest,  McKenna may well fancy another taste of European football’s premier club competition and that is only guaranteed at Celtic, if he does plan to move back home.

However the wages he is currently on and could probably command at lower level Premier League clubs, including those newly promoted, will probably see him remain down South for a while longer.

On links to the big two in Glasgow, McKenna said: “That is just natural when you have got teams the size of Celtic and theRangers. I know a lot of people who support both teams, so it is going to happen. They are going to question you, but there is nothing to tell.

Scott McKenna of FC Copenhagen during the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Manchester City and F.C. Copenhagen at Etihad Stadium on March 06, 2024 (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“I’m without a club, so I think I would need to consider anything. There is nothing as of now, so there is nothing to think about. For me, that is completely on the back burner – I just have to do everything I can in training to try and get whatever minutes I can on the pitch here. Anything after that will take care of itself.‘There is no bigger stage if you are on the pitch to put you in the shop window. I can only do that by first and foremost training well and trying to get in the manager’s thoughts.

“To be honest, I am open to anything. I would never rule anything out. In terms of the speculation, that’s all it’s ever been. It has never really gone any further than that and, until there is anything more, I don’t really have anything to think about.

“There’s been no contract talks anywhere, really. My sole focus is to try and get as many minutes as I can here if the opportunity arises. There’s no bigger shop window,” the former Aberdeen defender said.

Chris Mepham and Cameron Carter-Vickers during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final 1st Leg match between AFC Bournemouth and Brentford at Vitality Stadium on May 17, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So we now know that Celtic’s interest in McKenna is purely media speculation, fuelled by fan gossip. Last week Daily Mail reported that Celtic were interested in Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham – a former team-mate of Cameron Carter-Vickers and over the last few days speculation, led by Sky Sports Germany, have brought 23-year-old Austrian international Flavius Daniliuc to the fore. Daniliuc, like McKenna, is currently working with his national squad at Euro 2024.

Flavius Daniliuc of US Salernitana during the Serie A TIM match between US Salernitana and SSC Napoli at Stadio Arechi on November 04, 2023 in Salerno, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

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