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Celtic must act amid reports linking Newcastle star with £6m exit

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Celtic must act amid reports linking Newcastle star with £6m exit

The to-do list for the next Celtic boss seems to be growing as every week passes at Parkhead.

The Hoops’ disappointing season was dealt another blow at the weekend as they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup.

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In truth, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify more than a couple of players who will almost definitely be in the plans next season.

And one area of the squad that certainly needs to be improved is between the sticks. Vasilis Barkas has simply not been good enough during his first year with the Bhoys.

He is a talented player and did prove to be an expensive signing. So it may be that Celtic feel somewhat compelled to stick by the Greece international.

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But if they do decide to make a change, they should be alerted by reports from the weekend concerning a Premier League player who could be on the move.


The Sunday People (18/4; page 57) reported that Watford were eyeing a move for Karl Darlow. It was claimed that the Newcastle United goalkeeper is valued at £6 million.

Darlow is a player who has been linked with Celtic in the past. The Scottish Sun reported last summer that Neil Lennon had rejected the chance to sign the 30-year-old for around £5 million.

Since then however, Darlow has made 25 Premier League appearances for the Magpies. And there were a number of times when Newcastle fans felt that he kept them in games.

He was a player Gareth Southgate praised last month after he narrowly missed out on his latest England squad (via Chronicle).

If his asking price has only risen by £1 million, Celtic must act. He has been excellent in the top flight this year. And he can arguably feel incredibly unlucky to be vying with Martin Dubravka for a place in Steve Bruce’s side.

With Barkas and Scott Bain in the ranks, Celtic may have bigger priorities. But Darlow would be an upgrade on what they already have – and he is reportedly available for a reasonable price.

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