By Wayne Veysey

31st Jul, 2021 | 11:46am

Sources: Hart ready to take pay cut to quit Tottenham and sign for Celtic

Joe Hart is willing to take a pay cut to quit Tottenham for Celtic, Football Insider understands.

The Hoops have turned their attention to signing the two-times Premier League winner as they look to recruit a top-class goalkeeper.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club have been given encouragement Hart, 34, is keen to join from Spurs this summer.

He is said to be willing to accept a drop in salary to move to Parkhead and end his one-year association with the Londoners.

Hart was a free agent when he joined Tottenham last summer on a two-year contract.

He made 10 appearances last season as the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

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But Spurs have signed former Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a loan-to-buy deal this summer and he is set to replace Hart as the number two.

That leaves little prospect of first-team football for Hart next season if he stays at Tottenham.

For Hart, a move to Parkhead represents the chance to reignite a career that has fallen flat since he was axed by Pep Guardiola at Man City in 2016.

Hart has the CV and top-level experience that Ange Postecoglou craves.

In addition to his World Cup, European Championships and Champions League pedigree, the former Man City star has won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

“Joe Hart is a top-class keeper with an unbelievable record,” former Premier League striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider.

“Celtic know what they are getting with him – experience, a player used to dealing with the pressure of a big club and huge crowds. His record speaks for itself and he showed last season at Tottenham he is still good enough.”

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