Celtic manager Neil Lennon has discussed the ongoing situation with Fraser Forster and his hunt for a replacement, speaking to Sky Sports News today (06/07 live broadcast, 9:40am).
The Hoops boss was on hand to media following the announcement of the Scottish Premiership 2020/21 fixture schedule and predictably was asked about the current goalkeeping situation.
Scott Bain is currently the only recognised senior goalkeeper at the club after the departure of Craig Gordon, with loan star Forster heading back to Southampton too.
Lennon has revealed a deal had been in place for Forster but that things have gone quiet on the player’s side of things.
He is now looking for another ‘keeper to come in and fill the void in the event Celtic’s move for Forster falls through completely.
As quoted by Sky Sports News (06/07 live broadcast, 9:40am), the manager said: “We are looking at other options.
“There was a deal agreed between both the clubs, it’s gone quiet from the player’s side of things. We would dearly love him back here but if that’s not the case then we’ll look elsewhere.
“We’re looking at a number of options in the goalkeeping front, it’s such an important position. Fraser did wonderful things for us last season and he’s got big gloves to fill. Ideally we’ll try to get another exceptional number one in again.”
The Scottish Sun have reported that the deal agreed with Southampton was a loan-to-buy.
Forster produced some mammoth performances for Celtic last season, most notably against Lazio and Rangers.
Having him back for our ten-in-a-row push is something everyone wants to see but the club are being prudent in kickstarting an alternative goalkeeper hunt while the ball is in Forster’s court.
Lennon clearly doesn’t want to close the door on his preferred choice, so it’ll be interesting to see if the club re-open negotiations at some point or try to further convince Forster his future lies at Celtic Park.
This one isn’t over yet.