Report: Celtic planning January loan of Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster

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According to Kieran Devlin of The Athletic, Celtic plan to bring Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster back to Parkhead on loan in January until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old spent the entire 2019-20 season on loan with the Scottish giants, returning for a second season after spending four seasons with them between 2010 and 2014.

Celtic were eager to retain their services on loan for another season after helping them win a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, but Forster turned the opportunity down because he was eager to prove himself against Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.

However, he has not been granted a regular first-team opportunity at St. Mary’s, and a permanent exit does not appear to be on the cards with his deal that does not expire until the summer of 2022.

While Celtic still feel slighted after Forster turned down the opportunity to return to Parkhead in the summer, both sides could make it to each other given how the season has gone for both of them so far.

Hoops manager Neil Lennon brought in Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens, but the 26-year-old has not been particularly impressed.

He is not solely responsible for their unfortunate Europa League campaign, nor is he the reason why they are 13 points behind Rangers with two games in hand.

However, many will argue that Celtic would have fared better so far if they had had Forster in goal.

Southampton man currently earns £ 70,000 a week, and the PLA side will be willing to let him go in January as it is clearly not in their plans.

He brings the necessary experience and inspiration, and having him in goal could help improve Celtic’s fortunes for the second half of 2020-21.

Forster’s return could also help bring out the best in struggling Barkas, and it will be interesting to see if the Hoops will go after his January signing.

They will have to make quality additions to their squad next month if they want to get their title challenge back on track, and landing the Southampton man could be useful.

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