Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has been speaking about a potential move for goalkeeper Fraser Forster this summer, The Sunday Post report.
Forster has been an outstanding talent for the Hoops this season, most recently showing his worth with a cracking penalty save against Copenhagen in the Europa League on Thursday.
Understandably that’s thrown up speculation about his long-term future at the club, with fans understanding just how important he is to Neil Lennon’s team.
Now Kennedy has spoken about the Englishman’s love for Celtic, suggesting that the Hoops are very much open to do business for the goalkeeper.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “If there is a deal to be done, the club can produce something and a deal between Southampton and Fraser is possible, then I’m pretty sure we would try to do it.
“If Fraser became available we would want him. He has been terrific and made big saves at the big moments.
“Speaking to him in-house, it’s no secret he loves being here. He enjoys the atmosphere, loves the club and what the fans bring.
“I think he appreciates everything he has here. There is an admiration for him, not just within the club but from the supporters too.”
These are exciting comments from the Celtic. They suggest that there is real optimism within the staff at Celtic Park that a deal can be figured out with Southampton.
The Sunday Post reports that one option could be Celtic simply buying out the player’s remaining contract at Southampton, without transferring a fee beyond whatever that amount is.
Clearly there should be a push by the decision-makers at Celtic Park to get a deal done. The thought of Forster leaving doesn’t bear thinking about right now, he’s been that good.
His performance against Copenhagen was just one of a series of big displays, with matches against Rangers and Lazio also particular highlights.
Thankfully it sounds as though financials are the only barrier here, with the club and player apparently keen on continuing the relationship.