Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hopeful that on-loan duo Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi will be at the club next season, The Daily Record reports.
Both stars’ loan deals from Southampton were only for the season, meaning they could have played their last games at Celtic Park, with the Scottish Premiership season curtailed and the Scottish Cup not due to be played until crowds can return.
However, if the Hoops boss gets his way, they’ll be playing in green and white next term.
As quoted by The Record, he said: “We’re hopeful they’ll be around but that’s a conversation we’ll have to have with Southampton and with the players individually.
“We’d want to keep them if we could. It keeps that continuity going rather than maybe going out and bringing other players in.
“If we could keep the services of those two, they know how we work and what the club is all about. They made really good contributions. Fraser was absolutely brilliant and Moey, up until the injury, was fantastic.”
With the ongoing public health crisis creating a bit of financial chaos for clubs at all levels, you could be forgiven for thinking that Celtic’s transfer business might not be that ambitious this summer.
However, Forster and Elyounoussi are two prime talents that have earned good money and moved for multi-million-pound fees in the past.
The fact that Lennon is hopeful they’ll be around is exciting stuff.
Forster was a particularly important part of our 2019/20 campaign, making massive saves in high-profile matches against Rangers and Lazio, as well as helping the Hoops to the best defensive record in the league.
Elyounoussi meanwhile showed excellent craft and finishing at points, though suffered from an injury-hit season. The attacker scored seven goals and assisted six times in 20 appearances.
Having that quality in the team again, alongside the goalkeeping wall, as we push for ten-in-a-row would be wonderful.