Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton could be on the move this summer.
Heaton has recovered from a serious knee injury suffered in a 2-1 win at old club Burnley in January last year but returned to fitness to see Emiliano Martinez Villa’s number one.
Martinez was signed from Arsenal in the summer for a cut-price £18 million with Villa taking advantage of a questionable Arsenal decision to allow the Argentine to leave London.
Heaton was back on the substitute’s bench for the Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace at Villa Park and is yet to play a minute for Villa ‘s senior sides since his injury having appeared for the Under-23s.
It has been reported that Villa are looking to sign Heaton to a new contract with the deal he signed two years ago upon signing from Burnley running out upon the conclusion of the season.
Heaton wants to return to the England set-up and with the former Manchester United goalkeeper turning 35 on Friday time is running out for the player to establish himself as a first-choice stopper somewhere.
Former Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson, meanwhile, thinks Heaton would be a great fit for Celtic.
The Bhoys are looking to pick up the pieces from a disastrous defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a new manager due in this summer.
“Whoever comes in at Celtic, one of their first tasks will be to sign a new number one,” Robinson said to website Football Insider.
“Heaton is a possibility. Logistically, would he be willing to move to Glasgow? I’m not sure. He might be very settled with his family.
“It would be a huge opportunity for him to play at one of the biggest European clubs though. Could he turn that opportunity down?
“It would be a great signing for Celtic. Heaton would be a great signing for any club. He is a top-class, reliable goalkeeper who would be perfect for Celtic next season.”