While Celtic has not given up hope of securing another one-year loan deal for Fraser Forster, his parent club’s lack of clarification has forced them to look for alternatives claims.
Outstanding when he returned to the club last season, both Forster and Celtic are keen to come to the same arrangement but so far Southampton has proved to be inflexible in their demands.
Since becoming impatient with Southampton over their pursuit of Forster, Celtic entered into negotiations with Joe Hart over a stunning move to Parkhead.
Hart, the 33-year-old England international, has been told that after falling behind Nick Pope in the pecking order, he won’t be given a new contract at Turf Moor.
The former England No1 joined Manchester City’s Clarets in 2018 for £3.5 m but lost their place in December.
He accrued 75 caps and in 2014 and 2016 was part of City’s title winning teams.
Hart is now considering a move to Scotland after intensive talks this week out of contract with Burnley at the end of this month. At West Ham and Torino he had loan spells but is keen to reignite his career and could be sold on a move to Scotland.
However, Celtic will not put forward a concrete offer unless they consider the Forster deal dead first.
Also, with Craig Gordon weighing up a Hearts offer, landing a first-choice goalkeeper will be Lennon’s top priority in the days ahead.
Meanwhile, with a triple-header of glamor games in France, Celtic will finalize their plans for the new season.
Lennon is expected to take his side to Lyon for a clash with Moussa Dembele with Nice supplying the same city with a tough workout.
Celtic would then travel to the capital for a match with Paris Saint-Germain, allowing Odsonne Edouard to face the former club.
The dates for the three games are yet to be decided but ahead of the Premiership restart on August 1 were pencilled in for mid-July.
Lennon has previously spoken of his intention to send his players abroad at some stage this summer and a formal announcement of the schedule is anticipated in the coming days with quarantine restrictions about to be lifted.
Last season Lyon finished 7th in Ligue 1. As well as former Parkhead hero Dembele, they feature Jason Denayer, the Belgian defender who spent the 2013-14 season on loan from Manchester City to the club and former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay.
Nice, owned by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira and skippered by former Bayern Munich defender Dante, has just signed Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as they aim to build on last term’s fifth position they secured.
Out of the last eight seasons, Paris winners in seven have produced a dizzying array of talent including the superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The three games would be the perfect springboard to the season for Callum McGregor, as Celtic set out to win a record-breaking 10th consecutive title.
“I’ve been reading about the possibility of this kind of thing and it would be great,’ he said.
“Normally pre-season games are a bit of a drag – but this year is different.
“We just want to get back playing and it would be great to get the chance to go somewhere and go up against a PSG or Lyon.
“I’m sure a change of scenery would be positive – and it would be nice to go up against Moussa.
“You hear about his stuff on social media and in the interviews he gives, he clearly still loves the club. He’s been pretty vocal, he’s a die-hard now!
“The players and fans have a strong bond, even after they move on they appreciate what they did for the club.
“Moussa obviously appreciates the support he got as well.
“It would be great to see him, but it might not be much fun playing against him. Big Christopher Jullien will have his hands full.”