Celtic insider drops exciting transfer hint as man in Rodgers' circle names area 'definitely' being targeted

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers | (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
A Celtic insider has provided a transfer hint.

Tosh McKinlay says ‘tinkering’ will commence at Celtic this summer amid the hunt for a goalkeeper.

The former Hoops ace is now part of boss Brendan Rodgers’ scouting team, with additions being sought after a double-winning season. Joe Hart’s retirement has thrust the need for a new number one upon them, while Celtic are trying to make loan stints for Adam Idah and Paulo Bernardo permanent.

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Finding a new goalkeeper won’t be easy but outside that, it won’t be a major summer overhaul at the Premiership champions. He told the Daily Record: “I’m looking forward to the new season. Obviously we’re coming off the back of another Double so everything is on the up and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.

“We’ll be looking to freshen it up. It’s still to be decided [what is needed]. I’m obviously part of the scouting department and we’ve been working over the summer to see what the manager thinks about what he needs to bring in. There will be a bit of tinkering. You do need to freshen it up every couple of years so I do think the manager will look to bring in a few this summer. When you play for Celtic it’s about competition for places. There must always be someone there ready to take your jersey.

“At this moment in time we definitely need a goalie with Joe Hart leaving, so the No1 spot is up for grabs. But it’s all about competition at Celtic Park and you can never rest on your laurels.

“You have to make sure you do the business, so that that guy coming in trying to take your jersey doesn’t get it. Joe was a big presence in the changing room. He had been over the course - 75 England caps tells you that - and so it was a great coup for us to sign him in the first place. Now he’s retired and he's left big gloves and big boots to fill.

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“Joe is exactly the type of character you need if you’re going to go course and distance in a title race. We were wondering how we were going to fill Scott Brown’s shoes but then Callum McGregor stepped up. It’s going to be important that we get a goalkeeper now who has big stature and a big presence but also a big influence in the changing room.”

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