JOE HART will complete his £1million move to Celtic today – and faces a quickfire debut in the Europa League qualifier against Jablonec in the Czech Republic on Thursday afternoon.

The 34-year-old former England international keeper is poised to agree a three-year deal as soon as he passes the formality of a medical today.

Hart, who played 75 times for his country, made only 10 appearances for Spurs last season and none in the Premier League. He was snapped up on a free transfer last summer by former boss Jose Mourinho after being released by Burnley.

Now the experienced former Manchester City star will answer the Hoops’ No.1 SOS with the Parkhead club struggling since Fraser Forster returned to parent club Southampton last summer when his loan contract expired.

Vasilis Barkas, the club’s most expensive keeper at £4.5million from AEK Athens in July last year, has proved to be unreliable and Scott Bain and Connor Hazard have failed to impress on a consistent basis.

Ange Postecoglou has until 11pm tomorrow to add to players to his registered Euro squad and Hart is likely to go straight into his pool of players.

The move for the custodian, who still has a year to run of his £53,000-per-week terms, gathered momentum yesterday folloing constructive talks among the clubs and the shotstopper, according to a report in Sky Sports News.

The North London club have just brought in Italian netminder Pierluigi Gollini, from Atalanta, to compete with French international captain Hugo Lloris.

The Hoops had also been showing an interest in another ex-England keeper in Watford’s 38-year-old Ben Foster.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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