Celtic are reportedly interested in an emotional move that could see them bring colossal Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster back to Celtic Park this summer – but Celtic fans should be delighted for another reason.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that Celtic are targeting a move for the 31-year-old. He is completely out of favour at Parkhead, with Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy preferred by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Forster left Celtic in the summer of 2014 for £10million (Scottish Sun), after turning out 197 times for the Scottish champions. He kept 101 clean sheets and conceded just 157 goals in that time.
Fans are currently disgruntled. Celtic are out of the Champions League, and a lack of spending – despite bringing in £25million for Kieran Tierney and having plenty in the bank already, has seen fans become frustrated.
Celtic believe that if they are to prove competitive in Europe and fend off an ever-improving Rangers under Steven Gerrard, they must begin to spend. Now, the latest report about Forster, may see fans become more optimistic.
Spotrac claim Forster is earning an enormous £70,000 a week at Southampton – despite only playing one game for the Saints last season in the league. He has three years remaining on his contract.
Celtic will not only have to spend a handsome sum on a transfer fee to bring Forster back to Parkhead, but they may have to shall out a considerable amount of money on wages – even if Forster takes a pay cut.
It means that maybe, just maybe, Celtic are finally willing to open their chequebook to bring in some top-quality additions. It means that Celtic may be about to spend, and stay ahead of their biggest Old Firm rivals.