Noel Whelan has claimed Celtic need “not look any further than Claudio Bravo” after it was reported they would move for the Chilean if they are priced out of a move for Fraser Forster.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker suggested the 37-year-old’s “immense experience” make him a great option this summer.
According to Chilean outlet The Times, Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Bravo are amongst those considered to replace Forster, 32, if a deal cannot be agreed with Southampton this summer.
However, Football Insider understands that the Hoops’ prospects of signing the Englishman were boosted when Ralph Hasenhuttl signed a new four-year deal at St. Mary’s on Tuesday.
The Southampton boss demoted Forster to third-choice keeper last year and the only stumbling block in a permanent deal will be his wage demands.
When asked by Football Insider whether Manchester City’s Bravo would be a good alternative, Whelan said: “They are looking at experienced goalkeepers.
“Neil Lennon is looking for somebody that has got a wealth of experience. They want somebody that knows the game and knows how to command the back four.
“You have got to have a goalkeeper you can trust. It gives confidence to the back four. They need to know they have got somebody secure in between the sticks who is talking all the time – that comes with experience.
“You do not look any further than Claudio Bravo. He has immense experience.”
Forster kept 14 clean sheets in 28 appearances for the Bhoys whilst on a season-long at the club he left for the south coast in 2014.
Bravo is out of contract on 30 June and would prove a far cheaper option.