Local Southampton outlet Hampshire Live believes that Fraser Forster could be set to leave the Premier League club in January.
The report states that there is said to be interest from Celtic in securing Forster, with the Hoops looking to bring him back after a successful season-long loan spell last season.
Hampshire Live reports that the form of Angus Gunn, out on loan at Stoke, has resulted in Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl receiving rave reviews regarding the back-up man.
That leaves Forster in limbo, as he’s yet to manage a minute of competitive action this season after he turned down an initial return to Celtic when he had the chance over the summer.
Celtic instead invested £4.5million in Greek stopper Vasilis Barkas (Scottish Sun), but supporters have been unconvinced by some of the performances produced by the former AEK Athens man.
Goalkeeper speculation starting to ramp up
It’s fair to say that reports linking Celtic to goalkeepers are starting to ramp up as we close in on the January transfer window.
As well as this link to Forster, the Hoops have also been reported as being interested in taking Manchester United’s Dean Henderson on loan (90Min). However, this all feels a bit premature.
Yes, Neil Lennon has struggled to find a consistent number one this season with both Barkas and Scott Bain struggling for form. But I’ve stuck to one train of thought on this for a long time – protect your investment and stick by him.
Whether we like it or not, we’ve invested in Barkas. He’s the man we’ve chosen to be our number one as we head towards 10-in-a-row. Shoving him down the pecking order will do nothing for his confidence or his ability to settle into a new footballing environment and lifestyle culture change.
Forster had his chance and he turned us down. That should be that – Celtic have always been a club brimming with pride. Allowing players to pick and choose when they want to play for us and when to turn us down just isn’t on.
Fraser’s bed has been made and he’s now laying in it. For Celtic, we’ve backed a goalkeeper who arrived with a fine record of success in Greece. We need to stick with him for now. Replacing him would be an admission that the club has wasted £4.5m – don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.