Celtic manager Neil Lennon will discuss the possibility of signing Fraser Forster on a permanent basis with his Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, The Daily Record report.
Forster has been a magnificent performer on loan from Southampton this season.
On Sunday he almost single-handedly kept Rangers at bay as we lifted the Scottish League Cup at Hampden.
In Europe too he’s been huge, producing monstrous displays against Lazio in the Europa League group stages that helped us qualify for the knockout stages.
Lennon has obviously been impressed, we all have been, and he’s set to explore the possibility of making his loan move permanent, starting by discussing the issue with Lawwell.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “It’s about affordability. That’s something we can talk about. I’ll talk to the player but first we have to make the call to Southampton and I’ll need to speak to Peter (Lawwell) about that.
“Is it beyond us? I don’t know. Would I love to do it? Of course, but we have to be realistic at times and we can’t go overboard either. We have to be prudent but we have him right now and it’s fantastic because he’s definitely made us better.
“He’s not our player obviously and that’s a discussion we’d need to have with Southampton.”
Signing Forster would be a huge boost
Forster has added so much to Celtic since returning. Keeping him would be a massive boost to our hopes of winning more league titles and trophies, as well as progressing further in Europe.
Obviously the club have to keep the finances in mind, but right now he’s approaching ‘sign at all costs’ levels for me, personally. And I was even a doubter that he could come back and perform to the levels of his first spell.
He wins points and matches all by himself and if Lawwell and his board can somehow work out a fee and wage package then we simply must get it over the line.
Lennon knows how important he is, clearly. So hopefully the manager can help push the potential deal forward.