Date: 28th June 2020 at 12:00pm
Written by: Peter Graham

Celtic’s hopes of re-signing Fraser Forster appear to be slimmer by the day with the latest revelation coming from the south coast.

The Daily Record’s transfer round-up reported that Southampton are now said to be looking at analysing Forster in pre-season after seeing Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn both show signs of inexperience this season – the former being largely to blame for the Saints defeat against Arsenal last week.

It represents a sizeable blow in Celtic’s recruitment plans who had seen Forster’s return as the first step towards securing 10-in-a-row and a huge statement of intent, even an additional 12-month loan deal appears to be a remote possibility now.

Neil Lennon will not want to wait until after the season has kicked off before securing a safe pair of hands for between the sticks and as such continues to be linked with alternate options to the imposing Geordie.

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Joe Hart’s name has been front and centre in recent speculation with the 75-times capped England international available immediately after Burnley announced his departure from the Premier League club.

It is a signing that could make or break a monumental season with Forster perfectly demonstrating in the 2019 league cup final just how important having an established goalkeeper can be when those in front are underperforming.

It would be a huge gamble to start the season with Scott Bain as the only recognised number one in the hopes that Forster could be re-signed before the window closes, any other year it could be a risk worth taking, however, with so much at stake, it would be too high a price to pay if the decision back-fired and Celtic let destiny slip from their grasp.