Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could be the goalkeeper to “fill Fraser Forster’s boots” at Celtic, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker admitted United may not let the England international leave because of David de Gea’s form.

90min report that the 23-year-old could move to Parkhead on loan in January to secure regular game time and attempt to establish himself as England’s number one.

Neil Lennon recently dropped summer signing Vasilis Barkas in favour of Scott Bain after a run of poor performances.

Barkas was brought in to replace Forster who returned to Southampton in the summer after spending last season on loan with Celtic.

Asked by Football Insider whether Henderson could be the keeper to finally replace him, Whelan said: “He could definitely fill Fraser Forster’s boots.

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“Whether that comes to fruition we’ll have to wait and see because I’m very sure that with the inconsistency of David de Gea they may not let him go but they do have backup with Sergio Romero.

“He does need to keep playing, with joining up with England he needs to put in performances that Gareth Southgate can see. 

“There’s excitement at Celtic and he will be tested because at the minute they’re shipping in too many goals in a season.

“I think an experienced goalkeeper, someone that’s a voice out there, that can organise the backline and can give them a little bit of rollicking when they need it as well, they need that kind of figure.

“Whether Manchester United would allow that to happen after signing a huge contract that remains to be seen because he is next in line.

“I’m sure he’ll get more game time when it comes to Cup games and he’ll be wanting to force his way into the Man Utd side, there’s no doubt about that.”

At Old Trafford, Henderson, who signed a new £100,000-a-week United deal over the summer, has started just three of their 13 matches this season, two of them in the EFL Cup.

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has called on a hardly-seen star to get an extended run in the side.