With six and a half weeks remaining of the current transfer window, Celtic transfer news and rumours are beginning to gain pace. 

As of the afternoon of Monday, July 15, the club are yet to confirm any official moves, however Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is among the names expected to join Brendan Rodgers' side. 

Now that Euro 2024 is finished, and our collective attention turns back to club football proper, we'll keenly await the comings and goings at Paradise as the club aims to strengthen the squad that clinched the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup last season. 

From loan players the manager might make permanent in the summer, to potential replacements between the sticks for the outgoing Joe Hart and more, here are all the latest Celtic transfer news and rumours now that the Scottish summer transfer window is open. 


Celtic transfer news and rumours

Kasper Schmeichel 

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Age: 37 
Position: Goalkeeper

The Demark national team goalkeeper has been heavily linked with Celtic, a move that would mark a reunion between the 37-year-old and Brendan Rodgers. The two worked together at Leicester City, with the veteran stopper having since plied his trade at Nice and Anderlecht during the two previous seasons. 

As of midday on Monday, July 7, the Dane is yet to put pen to paper at Paradise, however reports suggest the goalkeeper is likely to sign a one-year deal as a free agent, with a second year after that possible. 


 Matt O'Riley

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Age: 23
Position: Midfield

Easily one of Celtic's most interesting transfer prospects this summer, given the fact it seems likely he'll move on while every Celtic supporter far and wide wants him to stay. With speculated suitors ranging from Inter Milan to Atletico Madrid and Southampton, and price tag rumours in the range of offensively modest to £30 million plus, who knows what the future holds for the 23-year-old midfielder. 

Last season was easily O'Riley's best at Celtic, a fact reflected by his clean sweep of trophies during the club's own awards ceremony when he clinched Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year. 

READ MORE: The rise and rise of Matt O'Riley by the coaches who shaped him


Peter Vindahl Jensen

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Age: 26
Position: Goalkeeper

Peter Vindahl Jensen is allegedly in talks with the Scottish champions about a switch to Glasgow after he impressed in a loan spell in Prague from AZ Alkmaar. The Czech Republic side shelled out £3 million to make the deal permanent in March just as Joe Hart announced he was hanging up his gloves at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

The 26-year-old stopper managed 47 appearances for the club last season and like Hart helped Sparta Prague clinch the Czech League and Cup double. Rodgers is an admirer of the player and it is believed that Vindahl Jensen is still on the Scottish champions' radar and remains on the club's shopping list this summer. 

Read more on why Celtic target Peter Vindahl Jensen will cope in Scotland.


Flavius Daniliuc

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Age: 23
Position: Defender

In October 2018, Daniliuc was included in The Guardian's 'Next Generation 2018', which listed the 60 most talented footballers born in 2001. He then transferred to French Ligue 1 outfit Nice in 2019 and spent two seasons there before joining Italian outfit Salernitana in 2022. He spent the second half of last season on an option-to-buy-loan deal at Red Bull Salzburg from the Italians.

The Austrians are still weighing up the possibility of exercising the option-to-buy clause in the contract which could be as high as 5.5 million euros as he remains contracted to newly-relegated Salernitana until 2026. Read why Celtic are interested in signing Flavius Daniliuc.


Mathias Kvistgaarden

Age: 22
Position: Forward 

The 22-year-old Brondby forward – first linked in 2023 during the summer transfer window – has been a target of Celtic's for some time. Indeed, it was reported that two bids were lodged by Brendan Rodgers in August before contact was made yet again in the winter window for the player’s services. He is someone that the club admire, judging by their renewed interest in the talented player.

For an exhaustive lowdown on the sought-after striker, check out The Celtic Way's exclusive chat with Brondby publication VilfortPark’s founder and editor Toke Theilade. 


Alex McCarthy

Age: 34
Position: Goalkeeper

With veteran stopper Joe Hart set to retire at the end of the season, it's no secret Celtic will be looking to recruit another goalkeeper this summer. A few names have already surfaced in the past few weeks (two of which are listed below), however the most recent is Southampton stopper Alex McCarty. 

As reported by the Celtic Way, Celtic are said to be 'considering' a transfer swoop for the experienced keeper, whose CV includes time at the likes of Leeds, Crystal Palace and, of course, Southampton - with the 34-year-old also having been capped for England once in 2018. 


Jake Clarke-Salter

Age: 26
Position: Centre-back

Celtic are thought to have been pursuing Jake Clarke-Salter for some time behind the scenes, with the 26-year-old also on the radar of a number of other clubs. 

It remains unclear at this stage what the future holds for the centre-back who's currently under contract at English Championship side Queens Park Rangers, however Clarke-Saltar has suggested he's quite content where is at present - delivering an honest update in the middle of May. 


Adam Idah

Celtic Way: Adam Idah celebrates late goal at IbroxAdam Idah celebrates late goal at Ibrox (Image: SNS)
Age: 23
Position: Forward

Adam Idah becoming a permanent fixture at Paradise is among the most obvious morsels of Celtic transfer news around at the moment. Currently on loan from EFL Championship side Norwich, the 23-year-old forward has excelled under Brendan Rodgers' tutelage with a string of goals – including a crucial late strike against Rangers during the sides' 3-3 draw at Ibrox in April.

Since joining the club in January Idah has impressed ex-Celtic hit man John Hartson, who reckons Celtic should sign the unphased striker, while also acknowledging the fact his price tag may have increased as a result of his fine form in Scotland.

In any event, Brendan Rodgers, the powers that be at Celtic, and Adam Idah himself have a big decision to make this summer about the striker's next steps.


Paulo Bernardo 

Age: 22
Position: Midfielder

Celtic signed Paulo Bernardo on a season-long loan from Benfica in September 2023, with the Parkhead side given the option to make the deal permanent if an agreement can be arrived at between both clubs. 

With 33 appearances to his name over the course of the double-winning 2023/24 campaign, standout moments for the Portuguese midfielder included a stunning strike to open the scoring against Rangers in December's 2-1 derby win; as well as his vital contribution to Adam Idah's match winner against Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final 2024. 

The 22-year-old appeared say farewell to Celtic and Glasgow in a recent social media post, however foreign outlets such as O Jogo have suggested the player is not part of Benfica's core plans moving forward, potentially opening the door for Celtic to extend Bernardo's time in Glasgow on a more permanent basis.  


Tommy Conway

Celtic Way: Tommy Conway playing for Scotland Under-21sTommy Conway playing for Scotland Under-21s (Image: SNS)
Age: 21
Position: Forward

Tommy Conway comes recommended by Rotherham manager Steve Evans, the same man who alerted Celtic to the talents of Matt O'Riley when the player was under contract at MK Dons back in 2022.

The rest is history for O'Riley at Celtic – the 23-year-old having helped Celtic to a handful of trophies, including a domestic treble during the 2022/23 campaign – which makes Evans' recommendation of Bristol City striker Conway all the more intriguing.

Described as a "gifted" forward, it was Conway's strike who helped his side dispatch West Ham from the FA Cup in January of this year, and with 12 goals and an assist to his name across all competitions this season so far (as of May 1), it's easy to see where the hype for this young player has come from.

Previously capped for Scotland at under-21 level, Conway now targets the Scotland national team, having been quoted saying: "Obviously, there is competition in my position but I don't see why I can't be challenging those boys who have been called up before."


Charles Pickel

Age: 26
Position: Defensive Midfield

Defensive midfielder Charles Pickel appears to be attracting interest up and down the country, with a number of EFL Championship sides thought to be interested in the DR Congo international's signature.

Celtic are among the sides rumoured to be interested too, with the 26-year-old apparently keen to swap his current employer – Serie B side Cremonese – for Brendan Rodgers' side. EFL Championship outfits Leeds and Preston North End have been similarly linked with the player.

A product of Swiss outfit FC Basel's youth academy, Pickel has been on the books at the likes of Grasshoppers, Portuguese side Famalicao, and French Ligue 2 side Grenoble.


Caoimhin Kelleher

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Age: 25
Position: Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been backed to move from Liverpool to Celtic this summer.

Second behind first-choice Anfield stopper Allison, the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has stepped in between the sticks for Liverpool on occasion this season – most recently in their dramatic 1-0 extra-time win over Chelsea in February's Carabao Cup final.

With Joe Hart having already announced plans to retire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign, Brendan Rodgers will almost certainly be in the market for a goalkeeper. Whether that's Kelleher or not remains to be seen of course, but it's thought the likes of Leeds, Wolves and Brighton have shown interest in the player behind the scenes.


Patrick Pentz

Age: 27
Position: Goalkeeper

Austrian goalkeeper Patrick Pentz is another stopper whose name has been mentioned in and around Celtic's summer transfer rumours.

Again, with first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart on the cusp of retirement from football, it seems likely Brendan Rodgers will look to strengthen in this area – and Pentz would of course fit this mould.

That said, the 27-year-old has been asked specifically about a potential move to Celtic Park and answered candidly. "I get asked this question in interviews every week," he said, responding to reporters who asked about the PSV and Celtic links. "My contract at Leverkusen runs until summer 2025, so I can’t decide entirely on my own what happens next.

"My full focus is currently on the title fight and I will give everything for the club until the end. I feel very comfortable in Copenhagen: the club, the city and the people just suit me perfectly."