Premier League Boss Delivers Good News For Celtic Regarding This Ace: Can Lennon Get Him Permanently?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Melker Hallberg of Hibernian FC scores his team's first goal past Fraser Forster of Celtic FC during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final match between Hibernan and Celtic at Hampden Park on November 02, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fraser Forster has managed to revive his career by moving to Celtic in the summer. The English goalkeeper had become the third choice custodian at Southampton with Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn ahead in the pecking order. Forster had to train with the reserve squad often, and the Saints would have been happy to see him move away on loan in the summer.

Southampton’s loss is Celtic’s gain

However, three months after, they must be regretting it as manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is yet to nail down on a first-choice goalkeeper as both Gunn and McCarthy have been in and out of the team. On the other hand, Forster is probably playing some of the best football of his career as he rescued his side big time in the League Cup final against Rangers.

His performances even in the other games have been commendable as Celtic top the table and are also through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Hasenhuttl talks about Forster’s immediate future

With Forster in such great form, there could have been some worries in Celtic quarters if he was recalled back by the Saints in January. However, Hasenhuttl recently made it clear that the 31-year-old is set to stay at Parkhead until the end of the season. The Southampton boss revealed (Sky Sports), “I am very happy that after his long-time without playing that he gets the chance to play there.”

”He is a fantastic goalkeeper – I always knew. But for him, it was important to get the chance to play, get the games and the self-confidence back. I am very happy for him. We have our three goalkeepers here. He is on loan until the end of the season, and it is not the moment to think about that.”

This should be good news for the Bhoys as there seems to be no way now that Southampton will recall Forster. Given his performances, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that even the doors for the England national team could open up for him again.

Is a permanent move on the cards?

Lennon recently indicated that the club would definitely want to sign him beyond the summer, but they need to be realistic about it. Reports from the Telegraph emerged that the Saints could demand as much as £20m for him which we believe would be too much for the Hoops. Once the season ends, then only one could get a clear picture of where Forster’s future lies. As for now, his short term future seems to be very much at Parkhead.

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Ayush Chaurasia

Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.