Celtic legend Davie Hay doesn’t think that the Hoops will be able to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent deal, the Evening Times reports.

Forster once more showed his importance to the Hoops this season with a vital penalty save in the midweek 1-1 draw with Copenhagen.

However, the player’s loan deal ends in the summer, and as it stands, Forster will return to Southampton.

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Hay does not believer that the Hoops will be able to afford to sign the goalkeeper permanently as wages will be a factor.

“Would certainly welcome him staying”

“A lot of Celtic fans would like to see his loan move become permanent this summer and I would certainly welcome him staying in Glasgow beyond the summer” Hay said writing in his column in the Evening Times.

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

“But I’m afraid that I don’t think Celtic can afford him. They can’t pay the Premier League wages he is getting at Southampton. There is a difference between pushing the boat out a bit and sinking the boat.”

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Wages could well be the stumbling block when it comes to signing Forster on a permanent basis. Indeed, Hay is correct about the need to be careful when it comes to spending money.

A player you should push the boat out for

You don’t want to overpay wages. However, if there is a player worth pushing the boat out for it is Forster. His performances for the Hoops this season have been nothing short of brilliant.

Celtic number one Fraser Forster

Celtic number one Fraser Forster (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As the season draws to a close, you would imagine that the demand for Celtic fans will be to sign Forster on a permanent deal.

What a boost it would be for the club overall if the player committed to the Hoops for at least another three years. However, only time will tell if Celtic can pull off what would be one of the transfer coups of the summer.

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