Celtic are at the mercy of Premier League side Southampton, with regards to Fraser Forster, this January – if a report from earlier this year is anything to go by.
In August, shortly after we secured a season-long loan deal for the 31-year-old stopper, it was reported that the Saints had the option to recall the keeper midway through his deal.
STV reporter Raman Bhardwaj shared the news – making the claim that the English side could end Forster’s loan deal if they saw fit.
Fraser Forster back at Celtic. Season long loan deal, Southampton have recall option in January 👇🏽 https://t.co/0uNlWl410z
— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman) August 22, 2019
The development wasn’t really discussed at the time, probably due to the general excitement at the signing. However, now that January is looming, some Celtic fans may be getting a little twitchy about the future of their number 67.
A new Southampton manager may wish to look at Forster
Former England international Forster has slipped seamlessly into the fold back at Parkhead. He’s started 14 of our last 15 games – only missing the Betfred Cup tie against Partick Thistle when he was rested.
The faith shown by Neil Lennon has been rewarded too, with stunning performances in both wins over Lazio the undoubted highlights of Forster’s second stint in Glasgow thus far.
It’s fair to say that Forster has found his form again after a tough few years on the south coast. The experienced stopper is a great fit for Celtic and vice-versa, and neither are likely to want this marriage to end so soon.
Yet it does seem like we are at the mercy of Southampton. Their current boss Ralph Hasenhüttl isn’t the biggest fan of Forster but the Austrian may not be around for too much longer. He’s lost six of his last seven matches – including a 9-0 home reversal against Leicester – and many feel he may soon be out of a job.
If he was to go prior to January, and a new manager appointed, then Celtic would really be hoping he doesn’t take a shine to Forster. That could put the buffers on our season big time.