Celtic boss Neil Lennon and the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwel were reportedly left stunned by Fraser Forster’s decision to give his career at Southampton another crack.
That is according to a report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests both senior Celtic figures were left aghast when the club’s former loanee made it clear his intention to fight for first-team football at Southampton.
The report claims that both men were ‘led to believe’ that an agreement would be found that would see Forster back at Celtic in 2020-21, which saw them allow Craig Gordon his move to Hearts.
But with the goalkeeper situation seemingly cloudy at Southampton, with both Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn not in the sort of form Forster showcased at Parkhead last season, it appears that the former England international might fancy his chances of breaking back into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-team plans.
Celtic fans will no doubt be disappointed to hear that one of their key players from last season has seemingly turned his back on the chance to return but his decision to fight at Southampton has to be respected.
It may turn out to be an error, with Hasenhuttl having so many options to choose from.
Celtic have now seemingly moved on, with Greek international Vasilios Barkas in Glasgow to finalise a move from AEK Athens. Hopefully, he can have a similar impact to the one Forster has at Celtic.