Neil Lennon to seek clarification on what could happen to Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi

By John McGinley

March 15, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is to seek guidance on the status of Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi should the season be extended into the summer months, The Glasgow Times report.

Both players are on season-long loans from Southampton, with their deals potentially expiring before any remaining Scottish Premiership games are played after a league shut down.

They aren’t the only players on loan at the Hoops, with Moritz Bauer also in the same camp, albeit more on the fringes of the first-team squad.

Asked about Forster and Elyounoussi specifically, the Hoops boss admitted it wasn’t something he could comment on right now.

However, he will hold talks with relevant club officials to find out what happens.

As quoted by The Glasgow Times, Lennon said: “This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions

“I would need to speak to Peter (Lawwell) or Michael Nicholson [Celtic’s Director of Legal and Football Affairs] on that.

“It’s a hypothetical at the minute but it’s another thing I will now have to think about. There may be a conversation with Southampton on that.”

It’s not even certain right now if the season will be completed so this is very much a situation in flux.

However, with Forster in particular a vital part of the Celtic machine, it’s essential that the club get clarity from Southampton and any governing bodies about what might happen to loan players.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Keeping the big man at the club for as long as possible is a huge priority.

In a perfect world, Celtic would look to complete a permanent deal for the player, though that’s a lot more complicated to sort out than our simple hopes and wishes as supporters.

Hopefully, this is something Lennon can clarify in the coming days as Celtic and others get to grip with the challenges ahead coping with the ongoing public health crisis.