BRENDAN RODGERS will not welcome any distractions as he focuses on strengthening his Celtic squad in this transfer window.

The Hoops are poised to unveil latest recruit Nicolas Kuhn today with two more additions possibly in the wings before the market place shuts down in just over a fortnight.

One position Rodgers has already stated that is not concerning him at this stage of the season is that of goalkeeper where he is happy to entrust the gloves to 75 times-capped England international netminder Joe Hart whose terms expire at the end of June.

The 36-year-old shotstopper has been a mainstay in the first team since his inspired £1million move from Spurs in August 2021.

HAPPY HOOP HART…Celtic keeper Joe Hart celebrates another victory.

With Scott Bain reckoned to be a capable back-up to the former Manchester City No.1, the champions won’t be sidetracked with any issues surrounding the last line of defence – for the time being.

There is likely to be activity in the summer, but the rumour machine concerning a successor to Hart is in full swing at the moment.

Liverpool back-up Caoimhin Kelleher, who has been mentioned in the past, has been linked again while the name of Real Madrid’s Ukrainian international Andriy Lunin regularly pops up on a slow news day.

Now we have Icelandic custodian Hakon Valdimarsson as a reported new target. The Elfsborg netminder is the latest to be considered by the Hoops, according to local media Goteborgs Posten.

UP IN ARMS…Icelandic international No.1 Hakun Valdimarsson, rated at £2.1million by Elfsborg.

Celtic, apparently, are just one of “numerous” clubs showing an interest in the £2.1million-rated 22-year-old star with Belgian sides Anderlecht and Gent also monitoring the situation.

There may – or may not – be something in the story. Or, of course, it could be an agent at work drumming up interest in a client in one of only two transfer windows available.

Clearly, there is no need for Rodgers to even think about the No.1 position at the moment. The summer will be the time to get business done on that front.
In the meantime, the champions urgently require an experienced back-up striker for for Kyogo Furuhashi.
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