Celtic in talks as frontrunner emerges for Joe Hart replacement

Celtic are reportedly in talks with Sparta Prague for Danish goalkeeper Peter Vindahl Jensen.

Sparta Praha’s Danish goalkeeper #01 Peter Vindahl Jensen celebrates a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group C football match Group C AC Sparta Prague v Aris Limassol in Prague on September 21, 2023.  (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Scottish Champions are on the hunt for a new No.1 after Joe Hart bowed out of the game last month after winning the Double to compete his successful three seasons at the club which brought him three league titles, two Scottish Cups, two League Cups and the love and admiration of the entire Celtic family.

As reported by Mark Hendry at Football Scotland, Celtic are in talks with Sparta Prague over the signing of the Danish goalie, who has been capped at U21 level by his country. Prague signed the 6ft4 goalie after a successful loan from AZ Alkmaar, meaning that he is on a long term deal with the Czech side.

The report states that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Jensen and the Hoops will hope to convince him to switch the Czechia capital for Glasgow’s East End.

And the Daily Mail has reported on Celtic interest in Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham as they eye up summer reinforcements. Mepham, who struggled to get much game time at Bournemouth last season and is going into the final year of his contract, can play left side of the central defence and has played alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers previously.

Chris Mepham and Cameron Carter-Vickers of AFC Bournemouth shake hands as Saman Ghoddos of Brentford looks on at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final 1st Leg match between AFC Bournemouth and Brentford at Vitality Stadium on May 17, 2021. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The report says that the interest in the Welsh international defender from Celtic is at the early stages and no formal approach has yet been made. The potential fee could be as much as £8m which will have Peter Lawwell spitting out his cornflakes this morning! (Yes we know that it’s Michael Nicholson who is in charge these days!)

Incidentally, there was some speculation earlier in the week about the possibility of a Celtic return for Stuart Armstrong now that he is free agent after his contract at Southampton came to an end. This photo below shows the former Celtic midfielder in action against current Celt Cameron Carter Vickers and rumoured Celtic target Chris Mepham.

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton takes a shot under pressure from Chris Mepham (L) and Cameron Carter-Vickers (R) of AFC Bournemouth during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Bournemouth. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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