Celtic’s current goalkeeping crisis has led to renewed speculation that the club will look to bring in former star Fraser Forster on loan from Southampton this January.
Neither summer signing Vasilis Barkas, nor Scott Bain, look like number one material at Celtic Park right now despite Neil Lennon showing faith in both for spells this season.
Barkas looks nervous, unconfident and appears to be unable to make any sort of save.
Bain just looks to be a step below what we require, and arguably always has done.
Celtic have conceded 13 goals in 13 matches in the Scottish Premiership, with many more rattled in against us in European competition.
They are not all down to the goalkeepers of course, but there is simply no faith in either, and some reckon it could be having a detrimental effect on the defensive line.
As we discussed earlier, BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart openly stated on the radio this week that he’d be surprised if Celtic weren’t already talking to Southampton in an effort to get Forster back in the door, after last season’s heroics.
But how likely is that?
Forster’s situation has actually changed for the better since he headed to Glasgow on a loan deal in 2019. At that time he was nowhere near the Saints team, well down the goalkeeping pecking order.
He only made the bench four times in the 2018/19 season, starting just one match.
However, his form for Celtic at home and abroad last term, along with his subsequent return to Southampton training, resulted in a promotion.
It was Angus Gunn sent out on loan ahead of this campaign. He joined Stoke City for the season to replace the departing Jack Butland.
Forster has now been named on the bench for every single one of Southampton’s matches this term, and it seems, to me at least, incredibly unlikely they’d let direct cover in such a key position leave this January.
Not to mention that ‘The Great Wall’ actually turned us down during the summer. If he were truly interested in heading back north, we’d likely have him in the building already.
So, don’t get your hopes up for a miraculous Forster return next month. It seems just as unlikely now as it did prior to Barkas’ arrival, despite our ongoing woes.