Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has identified two players in Scotland who Neil Lennon may be interested in signing this summer if Fraser Forster returns to Southampton, The Scottish Sun report.
Forster is only on loan in Glasgow this term and with uncertainty regarding the future of the 2019/20 campaign, may have even played his last game for the Hoops.
Clearly trying to sign him back up should be a priority for the club in the upcoming transfer window, but if he’s not available, could Lennon look to some Scottish Premiership talents to compete with Scott Bain?
Bonner thinks he may be interested in two.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “If we’re talking Scotland, I’ve been impressed with St Mirren’s Vaclav Hladky. I think he’s a free agent this summer. But he’s not the biggest and that might rule him out.
“Then there’s Joe Lewis at Aberdeen, but he’s not going to get him. After that you’re struggling for Scottish options, so Neil would have to look at England or abroad.”
The goalkeeping duo would certainly be considered amongst the division’s best outside of Forster and Allan McGregor, impressive for St Mirren and Aberdeen this season.
Hladky has helped the Buddies concede fewer goals than most of their bottom-six rivals, while only Celtic and Rangers have conceded less than the Dons in the entire division.
Neither are ideal options, certainly compared to Forster, but signing from within Scotland could be a viable strategy if Lennon wants to move forward with Bain as number one.