Date: 12th July 2018 at 10:00am
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With former Celtic and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s future long in doubt at Southampton following the way his form crumbled in the season of 2017/18 as we, in the end, successfully battled to avoid the drop, speculation suggesting his time was up at St Mary’s Stadium has only grown since we announced the capture of Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

Reports are mixed in terms of whether we’ll be looking for a permanent deal from the off, or whether we’d go the route of a loan to really build his confidence back up and make him more of a saleable prospect again.

Last season aside, he’s been largely nothing but an asset since his arrival from Celtic and allowing for last season – let’s face it, he wasn’t the only one who saw his confidence bottom out – I think plenty would be sad to see him move on and sadder still if his departure wasn’t on an amicable basis where his time with us was acknowledged in the right way.

There are no strong contenders in terms of clubs being suggested yet as a possible destination for him, but undoubtedly he’ll have suitors – the issue will be his long-term deal.

I can’t help but wonder, and I doubt I’m alone if Celtic would be interested given his history with them. Given we seem to have a good one-way relationship with them these last few years, could a deal with mutual benefit be struck that saw him return to Scotland?

Taking a bit of a tour of social media, Celtic fans aware of his fall from our grace definitely seem open to the idea. We’ll have to see if club bosses share those thoughts.

 

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