With so much uncertainty around the future of loan players, Celtic could do a lot worse than get on the phone to Southampton.
Celtic have Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan from Saints until the end of the season. However, their contracts won’t actually say that on it. Instead, it’ll have a date in June with which their time in Glasgow will be up.
However, as things stand, nobody knows what will happen to the season due to the ongoing public health crisis. That leaves the strong possibility of the season going on beyond their expiry dates.
Yet there is a way Celtic can be proactive and look to cover all basis, and that’s by having some informal chats with Saints about the two players.
It would primarily be worth finding out whether Southampton would be open to allowing the duo to stay on at Parkhead over the summer. In doing so, Celtic should also find out how long Saints would be willing to let both men stay at Celtic Park.
Nothing to stop us from asking
It could be all dependent on what happens to the transfer windows too. Should transfer windows stay where they are, Saints may want to bring them back early and try to get some money for both.
However, if the season is moved back to be played over the summer, we could do with knowing how Southampton would feel about it. Not that it’s guaranteed of course, but at least we would have a better understanding of where we would be if that situation occurred.
Forster, of course, is the club’s number one. He’s been in goal for heroic successes such as wins against Rangers, Lazio, Cluj, and Rennes respectively. He’s played a key role this season, and losing him for the final part of the season due to his loan deal expiring would be disastrous.
Nothing could be agreed with Southampton at the moment. Of course not considering there are no solutions to the current pandemic in sight.
But what’s to stop Celtic from finding out how long they would allow us to have both Forster and Moi for? Finding out whether they would be open to a few months or so of an extension could be worthwhile down the line.
Neil Lennon has even claimed himself that the club will need to get in touch with Saints at some stage (The Scottish Sun). But the sooner we get their initial thoughts on some hypothetical scenarios – the better.