Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that Celtic’s transfer structure means that Tom Heaton is unlikely to sign for the Hoops this summer, after Paul Robinson told Football Insider that the Scottish giants should target him.
Heaton is out of contract at Aston Villa this June, with the Bhoys in need of a senior goalkeeper.
Celtic currently have three first-team shotstoppers, although neither Vasilis Barkas, Scott Bain nor Conor Hazard have been able to nail down the number-one spot at Parkhead.
Greek international Barkas has made a number of high-profile errors, especially in European competition, whilst Bain has been the preferred choice in recent weeks – starting Celtic’s last 15 games in all competitions.
But Celtic have kept just 17 clean sheets in their 36 Scottish Premiership matches, and whilst McAvennie recognises their need for a new goalkeeper, he doesn’t believe it’ll be Heaton, who’s not played a single minute of senior football since suffering a serious knee problem on New Year’s Day 2020.
McAvennie, suggesting new chief executive Dominic McKay needs to make changes, told Football FanCast:
“Tommy Heaton is a good keeper, and Aston Villa is a big club so it wouldn’t faze him coming up to Celtic. I think he’s a good keeper, but I don’t know if it will work. They’ve got three keepers at the moment, and none of them are my number one – that says everything.
“Celtic’s biggest problem is they like to buy young and sell and it hasn’t worked well. Unless the new guy changes the way Celtic work.”