Celtic’s on-loan Southampton duo Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi have certainly made the right impression this season.
The Hoops shot-stopper almost immediately commanded the number one jersey, and has provided a platform for European success with some stunning saves.
Elyounoussi, meanwhile, has added an extra dimension of class that we didn’t have down the left. His seven goals and six assists in 12 games are impressive (Transfermarkt), but he’s more than that. His game-intelligence and off-ball movement have been key additions to Celtic’s forward-play.
Life in Glasgow has certainly been enjoyable for them. However, it’s time for the pair to stop being nagged about their futures and allowed the opportunity to focus on their football.
Forster has had to come out and speak this week about what’s happening after January (Daily Record). That’s despite the fact that there have been no signs of any departure. He was sent to Celtic to play games, why on earth would he suddenly be recalled?
This follows on from him being asked about his future just one month ago. The Record published comments from him where he confirmed that it was out of his hands and would have to wait and see. Just days after he signed, Forster said the exact same in the Scottish Sun as, despite claiming that he would be open to staying, he again said that it wasn’t down to him.
So Forster has effectively had to answer questions on his future almost every month since he’s signed.
No need to hear it more than once
As for Elyounoussi, he spoke earlier this month about his future after being asked (STV). He was keen to swat the question aside as he insisted he only wanted to focus on the here and now. That came just days after Neil Lennon was also asked about his future and said the exact same thing (Daily Record).
We get the fact there’s a public interest in these kinds of questions. However, the situation is never going to change in the space of a few days or weeks.
Forster and Elyounoussi aren’t up here to sign permanently. They’re here to get themselves back to the levels they were previously at. If Celtic end up actually moving for one of them, then that’s a different story.
However, so long as no offer has gone in, it’s unfair to probe both men on their futures. Despite being told previously that it’s either out of the player’s hands or that it’s too early to speculate, still the questions are being asked to the duo.
They deserve the chance to enjoy their football and not be forced into making rash predictions on their futures.
Only Celtic and Southampton can come to an agreement. Until that happens, the players will be totally in the dark over what the long-term future holds for them. It’s time to pack this chat in and let them get on with it. Celtic and their loan stars have made their stances on this pretty clear.