Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

The Fraser Forster to Celtic saga has rumbled on all summer and a fresh report from The Express today adds a bit of renewed hope that the quest to sign him up for our ten-in-a-row bid is not completely over.

The paper believes that Southampton are readying an exit for as many as five first-team squad players this summer.

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Forster’s name is included on a list with Wesley Hoedt, Jannik Vestergaard, Mario Lemina and Guido Carilla.

The goalkeeper returned to his parent club at the start of July and, despite Celtic agreeing another loan move for the player, has so far chosen to stay in England.

Manager Neil Lennon has spoken publicly of his frustrations with the situation but has admitted he still wants Forster at the champions next term.

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However, last week, the Hoops boss did send a warning that Celtic can’t wait around forever.

 

Lennon told The Scottish Sun: “There’s no more movement on it at the minute. We can’t keep leaving the door open.

“We have to make decisions. If it was to reverse tomorrow we’d go yeah, on you come, but we’re not getting any indication of that happening.

“We’re talking to representatives of a couple of goalkeepers so hopefully we’ll have good news sooner rather than later on that.”

Celtic have been linked with a number of other shot-stoppers in recent weeks including Joe Hart, David Marshall, Vaclav Hladky and Vasilios Barkas.

If Forster does not have a future at Southampton however, surely we’re high on the player’s list when it comes to making a move?

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster saving a Rangers penalty

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster saving a Rangers penalty for Celtic / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Whatever his intentions, the Bhoys need to find a solution in the position quite quickly with competitive action just over a week away and Scott Bain far from a convincing number one.

Hopefully the next seven days bring clarity.

In other news, Celtic have issued an important update for season ticket holders.

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