Celtic have lined up Vaclav Hladky as one of their potential alternatives to Fraser Forster, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish champions are in the market for a new goalkeeper and Neil Lennon’s first choice is to re-sign Forster.
That is proving a complex deal, with Football Insider revealing earlier this week that the 6ft 7in giant is earning nearly £100,000-a-week at Southampton.
The Forster deal is still alive – although another loan is the only realistic option – but Celtic are looking at other options.
One of those is Hladky, who is without a club after rejecting a new St Mirren contract last month.
The Czech shot-stopper has 18 months of experience in the SPL and has also played for two clubs in his homeland.
Celtic’s recruitment team have long regarded Hladky as one of the best goalkeepers in Scotland, although not necessarily as superior to Scott Bain.
Rangers had also been keen on the 29-year-old but pulled out of the race to sign him when they landed Jon McLaughlin on a free transfer from Sunderland last week.
The McLaughlin deal had first been exclusively revealed by Football Insider on Monday, and 24 hours later he was unveiled.
Like McLaughlin, Hladky’s free-agent status makes him an eyecatching target for Celtic, who do not have a huge summer budget.
Ironically, the Hoops also had an interest in McLaughlin before he agreed his Ibrox move.
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