Celtic will have wanted to copy Rangers and sign a goalkeeper early on in the transfer window, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender believes Neil Lennon needs to sign a shot-stopper as soon as possible after loanee Fraser Forster returned to Southampton.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the Hoops boss revealed that he was “spinning a few plates” in the transfer window and that he is “hopeful” of signing a new goalkeeper this week.

Rangers were also in the market for a new keeper but managed to sign Jon McLaughlin on a free transfer after his exit from Sunderland.

Hutton insists that Celtic would have wanted to do the same as their Glasgow rivals and that the longer they go without a new signing, the more difficult it will be for the squad to adapt.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it’s difficult, they’d have wanted to do what Rangers did and sign a goalkeeper early on and it’s not worked out.

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“The Fraser Forster thing looks maybe dead in the water, Joe Hart, Vladky from St Mirren, David Marshall getting bandied about – there’s all these names around.

“They would have wanted a player in ASAP to get used to the back four or back three, however he’s playing, play alongside them, build up the understanding between the goalkeeper and the defence. You need that, you need that block to move forward.

“It’s not working out at well at the moment.” 

Lennon has confirmed that talks over re-signing Forster have fallen through at the player’s end after a loan deal was agreed with Southampton.

Scott Bain is the only experienced shot-stopper at Parkhead right now, with young Conor Hazard and Ross Doolan the Bhoys’ other options.

In other Celtic news, a top pundit has tipped Celtic to sign ‘Great’ forward for ‘Bargain price’.

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