CELTIC have been linked with Croatia World Cup keeper Dominik Livakovic.

Brendan Rodgers has already backed 36-year-old former England international No.1 Joe Hart who has Benji Siegrist and Scott Bain as back-up.

The veteran has been a mainstay in the Hoops first team since he arrived in a £1million switch from Spurs in August 2021.

Quizzed about the need to bring in a new shotstopper, Rodgers replied: “Yeah, that question maybe applies for later on, but as I see Joe now, he’s been fantastic for Celtic and a great influence.”

Livakovic, a hero for his nation in Qatar, has one year to run on his Dinamo Zagreb contract and has already been mentioned along with Manchester United, Villarreal and Fiorentina.

Reports have also emerged that Turkish giants Fenerbahce are lining up a bid in the region of £8million for the 28-year-old custodian who has represented his nation 45 times and made history with three saves in the penalty-kick shoot-out with Daizen Maeda’s Japan in the winter showpiece.

Rodgers has been showing interest in Livakovic, according to a report in Sky Sports.

The returning Hoops manager has money to spend, but, despite reports elsewhere, it appears a new goalkeeper is NOT a priority as he continues his rebuild of the treble winners.

The Irishman has already brought in Australia winger Marco Tilio and Norwegian midfielder Odin Thiago Holm while he is on the brink of a dramatic swoop for South Korean double-act Yang Hyun-jun and Kwon Hyeok-kyu.

He will also be without two of last season’s stars with Portuguese winger Filipe Jota lured by megabucks to Saudi Arabia and Aussie World Cup midfielder Aaron Mooy prematurely retiring from the game.

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