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Celtic join Liverpool, Newcastle and Saudi clubs ‘to show interest’ in Joe Hart replacement

CELTIC are on the hunt for a permanent No1 to replace Joe Hart this summer.

The veteran England goalkeeper has called time on his career and will retire in less than a fortnight.

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Joe Hart has three games left of his Celtic career[/caption]

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The ex-Man City star will retire at the end of the season[/caption]

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Hart also picked up 75 caps during his career[/caption]

Celtic‘s Scottish Cup final will be the 37-year-old’s last game as they bid for a double and what will be the keeper’s SEVENTH medal in Scotland.

That will trump the six he won at Manchester City during his time in England‘s top flight.

And now the Hoops are said to be looking back to England again for his potential replacement – but delving deeper into the CHAMPIONSHIP.

According to the Daily Mail Liverpool and Newcastle are also in the market for a keeper and are doing the same.

The trio – plus clubs in Saudi Arabia – are monitoring Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy.

The 34-year-old has been on top form recently as the Saints press for promotion back to the Premier League and he was a stand-out against West Brom in the play-off first leg last week.

However Liverpool could make a move for the former England international too and replace Caiohim Kelleher – the Irish keeper previously linked with Celtic.

He’s looking for regular first team football but McCarthy would be available on a free transfer as his contract expires.

Celtic can offer first-team football rather than the Saudi super-money while Liverpool and Newcastle would see the one-time capoped England international as a back-up.

They’ve already been linked with Kelleher, Trabzonspor captain and Turkish international Ugurcan Cakir and even Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin.

And another NINE keepers have also been named in the running too.

It would be something of a role reversal for the Hoops, who have provided plenty of stars to Southampton over the years.

Virgil van Dijk was the most high profile to make the move from Celtic Park to St Mary’s but so too have Stuart Armstrong and Forster.

Indeed McCarthy and Forster were long-time glove rivals on the south coast before the ex-Celtic stopper moved to Spurs… where he replaced one Joe Hart as back-up keeper.


Alex McCarthy is in focus for the Hoops, as well as Newcastle and Liverpool[/caption]


Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher has been linked with Celtic throughout the season[/caption]

Without Hart, Celtic still have Scott Bain and Benjamin Siegrist on the books.

But though he is contracted until 2026, the Swiss stopper has admitted his future lies away from Parkhead.

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