Celtic legend Alan Thompson has described Fraser Forster as “the perfect person” to help Neil Lennon’s side maintain their superb trophy-winning form, but doubted whether the Hoops would be able to afford him, in conversation with ReadCeltic.
Forster has been on Southampton’s books since the summer of 2014, when he left Parkhead for St Mary’s Stadium in a £10million deal (BBC Sport), and has made 125 appearances for the Saints, but fell out of favour under both Mark Hughes and then Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The 32-year-old made just one first-team appearance for Southampton last season, the penultimate game of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign against West Ham, in which he conceded three goals, and his last senior appearance prior to that was on Boxing Day 2017, when the Saints were beaten 5-1 by Tottenham.
However, Forster’s loan switch back to Celtic has proven a new lease of life for his career, with 39 appearances for Lennon’s side this term, and numerous superb performances and saves, in particular his masterclasses against Lazio at Celtic Park and against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final.
Forster is due to return to St Mary’s in the summer as things stand but Thompson is hoping to see his old employers put the 6ft 7in giant back on their books.
“Knowing Fraser as I do, and considering the age he’s at, he’d be the perfect person to go on and be the Celtic number one for a number of years, where he can hopefully help them win more titles and more trophies,” Thompson told ReadCeltic.
“I don’t know if they can get there, in terms of the numbers, for a transfer fee and his wages.”
It’s almost baffling to think Forster was frozen out at Southampton for so long, considering just how well he has done back at Celtic, and he would be an incredible permanent signing for the Hoops.
As reported by the Sunday Post last month, Celtic hope that Southampton will let the £70,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) go in a cut-price deal, but considering they’ve not had the best of seasons, they may consider hanging on to him.
That said, if Southampton feel it’s best for both parties to go their separate ways, then Celtic definitely have to make the most of it.