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Latest Celtic transfer news on Paulo Bernardo, Adam Idah and Matt O'Riley

Loan stars Adam Idah and Paulo Bernardo
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It's been a rollercoaster season for Celtic and Brendan Rodgers deserves a couple of weeks to put his feet up and enjoy a well-earned break.

But that doesn't mean the Hoops will be standing still in the transfer market as the summer window prepares to open. The Parkhead club's recruitment team will already have compiled a list of targets that will have been signed off by the manager as Rodgers seeks to take the Double-winners to the next level in Europe.

Top of his wishlist is a new goalkeeper following the retirement of iconic Joe Hart, while Celts are also keen on singing loan duo Paulo Bernardo and Adam Idah on permanent deals. So what's the current state of play? Here, Football Scotland delivers the latest news.

Adam Idah

While Rodgers wants Celtic to splash the cash on the Scottish Cup-winning goal hero, Norwich City are ready to play hardball. Football Scotland exclusively revealed last night that the Canaries are not yet ready to entertain a permanent sale at this moment.

The EFL Championship outfit have just appointed Johannes Hoff as their new manager and with Idah under contract until 2028, Carrow Road chiefs are in no rush to part ways with their Irish striker. That could make life difficult for the Hoops, who didn't insert an option-to-buy clause in the original loan deal.

Paulo Bernardo

As Football Scotland first told you back in January, Bernardo has a £6million release clause in his Benfica contract. However, it's understood the Parkhead club are keen to negotiate a reduced fee for the Portugal Under-21 captain. Bernardo still has three years to run on his contract in Lisbon but it's believed manager Roger Schmidt doesn't view the midfielder as part of his long-term plans.

Unlike Norwich City, that should make Benfica much easier to deal with. Reports in Bernardo's homeland today even suggested that the 22-year-old feels settled in Glasgow and doesn't want to return to Benfica.

Koen Casteels

Belgian international Casteels is a free agent after pulling the curtain down on his nine years with German giants VfL Wolfsburg. The 31-year-old is one of countless names who have been linked with replacing retired Hart between the sticks at Parkhead. But reports suggest the experienced shotstopper has agreed a megabucks move to the Saudi Pro League with newly-promoted Al Qadsiah.

Matt O'Riley

O'Riley was this week rated as the most valuable player in Scottish Premiership history after an incredible season at Celtic. The classy playmaker, 23, has been tipped to leave the Parkhead club this summer after attracting January interest from Atletico Madrid. The Spanish heavyweights are widely expected to return to the table with another offer that could prise the midfielder away after two-and-a-half years in Glasgow.

O'Riley, though, was dealt some disappointing news this week after discovering he had been left out of the Denmark squad for Euro 2024. That decision prompted a national outrage, with Danish fans even calling for national coach Kasper Hjulmand to be SACKED. O'Riley's omission is unlikely to affect his transfer price too much, with Celts demanding a Scottish record fee that will eclipse Kieran Tierney's £25m move to Arsenal in 2019.

Fringe players poised to exits

While Rodgers would love to keep O'Riley for at least another season, the Northern Irishman will be keen to trim his bloated squad this summer. The Scottish champions currently have more than 30 first-team players on the books, including players who failed to make a single appearance last season. Football Scotland pulled together a list of 15 outcasts who could move on this summer.