According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Tom Heaton could be interested in a move away come the January transfer window. The England international currently plays his football at Premier League side Burnley and has done so since 2013, although he has since fallen down the pecking order at Turf Moor behind Nick Pope and summer signing Joe Hart.
And reports suggest that the 32-year-old could well be open to a move away come the New Year in a bid for first team football, and this should be of keen interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, with a potential transfer masterstroke seemingly staring the Bhoys boss right in the face.
Ultimately, the goalkeeping ranks at Parkhead are lacking some depth and quality with just Craig Gordon and Scott Bain on the books at the Scottish Premiership champions, the latter of which only signed during the summer after impressing during an emergency loan spell last term.
And with Scotland international Gordon to turn 36 at the end of the year, one wonders just how much longer he has left at the top of the Scottish game, as although he has produced many fine displays over the years, he did come in for criticism on occasion last time round for his efforts between the sticks.
And with question marks over Bain’s capabilities over the course of a season, Rodgers could well be seeking to improve his goalkeeping ranks come the January window, and he could do a lot worse than trying to lure Burnley’s Heaton to Celtic Park.
The Englishman has shone for the Clarets in his five-year stint at the Lancashire-based outfit to underline his capabilities in the Premier League, with his efforts in the 2016/17 campaign of particular note given he became arguably one of the best shot-stoppers in the league that term.
Heaton conceded just 48 goals and kept ten clean sheets for Sean Dyche’s men that season to help the Clarets avoid an immediate return to the Championship, with the England international pulling off several fine saves and thus match-winning performances to preserve Burnley’s top-flight status – there’s a reason he earned three England caps in 2016 and 2017.
But a shoulder injury at the start of the 2017/18 season has completed derailed Heaton at both club and international level, ultimately losing his place at Burnley to fellow Englishman Pope, who also got the nod ahead of him in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup – Hart’s arrival from Manchester City over the summer has only increased Heaton’s woes.
And with the 32-year-old seemingly struggling to dispose Hart of the gloves at Turf Moor, a move away could be in his best interests, and a move north of the border to Rodgers’ Celtic could be what he needs to get his career going again after a testing few years.
Clearly, Heaton has proven to be an excellent goalkeeper in recent times and would no doubt be an upgrade on messrs Gordon and Bain at Celtic Park, which is why Rodgers must seek to make a move for the Englishman come the New Year – ultimately, it’s a potential transfer masterstroke staring the Celtic boss right in the face.
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