David de Gea Celtic transfer mooted as Hoops hero explains why it's realistic

Celtic should be asking the question of free agent David de Gea as the search for a Joe Hart successor, according to Peter Grant.

The experienced Spaniard has been out of football for a year after his Manchester United release in the summer of 2023, and has been training with a non-league side down south. De Gea hasn't officially retired and could be on the lookout for a return to the top level for next season.

The Hoops are looking to replace a high profile former Manchester City and England shotstopper and Grant insists they need to seek a similar character to fill that void. Upon seeing the 45-cap keeper was keeping fit with a non-league side, it struck the former Hoops midfielder as an option for his old club.

Speaking on Go Radio, he said: "I've got to throw one out there. I look at David de Gea, he's been training non-league in England. And I'm thinking 'there's someone like David de Gea there, a club like Celtic, European football. Would that excite him?'

"Okay, it will cost you a few shillings. But if he's not going to the likes of Saudi Arabia, because no doubt that's where he'd get the most money. But if he's taken a year out and all of a sudden wants to get back - big nights at Celtic Park, eight Champions League matches. Would that be something that excites him?

"But that's somebody I'd be looking at. That's the sort of personality you're probably going to have to replace Joe Hart with."