Celtic make decision on Newcastle United stopper

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What a season this could be for Celtic.

After wrapping up their ninth league title last term, Neil Lennon's side have their sights set on 10-in-a-row as the new campaign moves closer.

If the Bhoys are to do that, they'll need to overcome the advancing threat of Rangers FC who will be determined to bring an end to the dominance of their rivals.

If Celtic are to do that, they will need to strengthen in the summer transfer market, with several positions being targeted.

While a potential replacement for the in-demand Odsonne Edouard could be an option, it's the search for a goalkeeper that seems to be the priority.

Celtic are desperately searching for a number one after Fraser Forster returned to Southampton following his loan spell.

While Forster has been linked with a move back to Glasgow, other names such as Joe Hart and Freddie Woodman have also been in the frame.

However the latest link is with another Newcastle United goalkeeper.

According to the Scottish Sun, Karl Darlow is being linked with a move.

The 29-year-old is likely to be available this summer with first team opportunities unlikely at St James' Park.

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It's claimed that a move could cost in the region of £5million, however this could prove to be a stumbling block for Neil Lennon's side.

The Bhoys are hoping that they can spend a smaller amount on a new stopper, with the quoted price being more than they'd budgeted.

Whether a move could materialise if Newcastle United were to lower their asking price, however, remains to be seen.

That could open the door for Celtic to move for Joe Hart or Fraser Forster once more.

Hart is available on a free transfer after leaving Burnley at the end of last term, while Forster is available after falling down the pecking order with Southampton.

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But with both players likely to demand significantly high wage packets, this could prove to be troublesome.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

The goalkeeper search looks like it's set to continue for Celtic.

With Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon moving on at the end of the season, Neil Lennon is desperate to get a goalkeeper signed as soon as possible.

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Karl Darlow could have been a decent option for the Bhoys, but I think that the Scottish giants were right not to pursue a deal.

£5million is a lot for a player of his standing, and it's reasonable for Celtic to hold out for a more cost-effective option.

I'm sure a deal will present itself in the coming weeks - whether it's a permanent deal or a loan switch.

But with the league campaign due to start shortly, they'd better get a move on.

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