Celtic open talks with Tottenham over Joe Hart

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Hart could be heading to Scotland
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Celtic have opened talks with Tottenham Hotspur over a potential deal to sign former England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The 34-year-old has played backup to Hugo Lloris for the past season, having spent the previous two years at Burnley. He has one year remaining on his current contract, but he could be set to leave north London in the summer.

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Fabrizio Romano reports that negotiations are ongoing between Celtic and Spurs over a potential deal that could see Hart join the Scottish giants in the current transfer window.

Hart rose to stardom at Manchester City, becoming their first-choice goalkeeper during the club's early successes under new ownership, and playing a key role in their first ever Premier League title triumph. His impressive displays led to him becoming England's starting shot-stopper, collecting 75 caps over nine years for the Three Lions.

However, he lost his place in the Man City side upon Pep Guardiola's arrival in 2016, and his career has suffered a steady decline since that moment. He endured difficult loan spells at Torino and West Ham before eventually leaving the Citizens permanently to join Burnley in 2018.

Once again, Hart failed to nail down a first-team spot and left to become Lloris' backup at Spurs in 2020. The goalkeeper may well be on the move again however, and he could be in with a shout of regular football in Scotland.

Celtic are trying to rebuild after losing the Scottish title to Rangers last season, a blow which saw coach Neil Lennon walk away from the club and Ange Postecoglou arrive in his place. The Hoops are in need of a solid starting goalkeeper, and while the arrival of Hart might be seen as a gamble, he boasts plenty of experience and is a leader at the back.