News today that Glasgow powerhouse Celtic have targeted Steve Harper, the Newcastle United goalkeeper, as a replacement for Artur Boruc.
Steve Harper – Celtic fancy the Newcastle goalkeeper
Boruc has just one year left of his contract at Celtic, but new manager Neil Lennon, doesn’t want to lose the Polish goalkeeper to a free transfer next summer, and would rather sell him this summer, and bring in a replacement.
Sources in Scotland claim that Harper has been identified as a real target, and it may be due to new Celtic coach Alan Thompson, who was of course a coach at Newcastle from 2008 until he joined Celtic two weeks ago.
The news suggests that Newcastle would be willing to listen to offers for the 35 year-old local lad Harper, who had a record 20 clean sheets in the Championship last season, a new record at the famous North East club.
Harper was signed back in 1993 from Seaham Red Star by the great Kevin Keegan, and Steve has now made 173 appearances for Newcastle, and has been the regular goalkeeper on Tyneside since Shay Given joined Manchester City in January of last year.
Steve was one of Newcastle’s best players last season, when Newcastle easily won the CC Championship to return to the Premier League.
Newcastle have two excellent young goalkeepers at the club, in Fraser Forester and Tim Krul just waiting in the wings, and this may be one reason behind this story – if it’s made up.
But we doubt if Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will be keen to lose Steve, who brings a solidity to Newcastle’s defense, and is as safe as houses in the Newcastle goal.
After waiting so long for his chance at Newcastle, we think he’ll have a couple more seasons, at the very least, at his home-town club, before he even thinks about hanging up his gloves.