Celtic have been told that they should be targeting Aston Villa and former England internationalist, Tom Heaton this summer as the man to become the club’s new number one.

Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has said that the Hoops should be looking to Heaton, whose contract at Villa comes to an end this summer, to be the man in-between the sticks next season.

“Whoever comes in at Celtic, one of their first tasks will be to sign a new number one.

“Heaton is a possibility. Logistically, would he be willing to move to Glasgow? I’m not sure. He might be very settled with his family.

“It would be a huge opportunity for him to play at one of the biggest European clubs though. Could he turn that opportunity down?

“It would be a great signing for Celtic. Heaton would be a great signing for any club. He is a top-class, reliable goalkeeper who would be perfect for Celtic next season.”

Heaton is an extremely experienced goalkeeper, having started his career at Manchester United and also captaining Burnley regularly in the Premier League.

This season, he has been replaced in goals for Dean Smith’s side by Emiliano Martinez who has been on fine form for Aston Villa, so he hasn’t really had a look in.

At 35, you would imagine that game time is key for Heaton, as he begins to approach the end of his career.

The goalkeeping position has certainly been a problem for Celtic this season. So it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the next manager look to bring in a new number one.


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