Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sign 'Immense' Man City player after reliable source update

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.

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“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.

In other Celtic news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider 24-year-old needs to “sort himself out” ahead of potential Parkhead move this summer.