Celtic have been handed an opportunity to sign reported summer transfer target Fraser Forster once again in January.
According to recent reports, Southampton look set to release the 33-year-old goalkeeper upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the current campaign, something which Football Scotland claim could open the door for Celtic to swoop for the former England international, either in January or next summer.
The report added that, with both Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain expected to leave Parkhead in the near future, Ange Postecoglou may well be in the market for a new goalkeeper in the winter market. A move for the player with whom Celtic were heavily linked during the summer could once again be a viable option for the 56-year-old Bhoys manager.
While Celtic did complete the £1.08m signing of Joe Hart this summer, with the 34-year-old having impressed for the Hoops so far this season, Forster would still be a fantastic signing for Postecoglou to get over the line in January.
Indeed, while the £2.7m-rated stopper is yet to feature in the Premier League for Southampton this term, the 33-year-old has nevertheless demonstrated over his three appearances in the Carabao Cup that he is still a top-level option between the sticks – keeping one clean sheet, making 14 saves and earning an average SofaScore match rating of 7.90 in the competition.
The most impressive of these performances came against Chelsea, with the £72k-per-week ‘keeper making an astonishing 13 stops, saving a penalty and earning a SofaScore match rating of 9.8 in Saints’ victory over the Premier League leaders.
As such, it is clear to see that the man who Bain dubbed an “unbelievable” player would make an excellent addition to Postecoglou’s options in the position this winter. Considering that Southampton would likely be more than willing to offload Forster for a minimal transfer fee, a move for the 33-year-old would appear most advisable for the Hoops manager.