Celtic completed a shrewd double raid on Southampton during the 2019 summer transfer window as Mohamed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster swapped St Mary’s for Paradise.
The former has injected flair and creativity into the side – though injuries have hampered his progress – while the latter has been a trustworthy presence between the sticks all season.
It would be easy to sympathise with those supporters who wish to see the Premier League duo sign permanent contracts at the end of the season given their respective contributions.
Naturally, wage demands always have the potential to cause issues in negotiations, but that may not be the case in regard to Forster.
Indeed, Carl Anka, who is The Athletic’s Southampton correspondent, recently revealed in a Q&A column that the 31-year-old is willing to take a pay cut to stay in Scotland next season.
Here’s what he had to say, per The Athletic: “My understanding is Forster is willing to take a paycut to stay at Celtic, so the chances of him staying in Scotland are pretty good.”
The majority of the Hoops faithful were absolutely delighted with the news and they turned out in their numbers to express their delight, with fans urging the club to get the deal done.
Worth every penny…. who saves a penalty in Europe
We must break the bank… Good goalkeepers are not easy to come by!
— MummyB ✝️🏴🇬🇧🇮🇱🇺🇸💕 (@Mawza_B) February 23, 2020
Please be true 🙏🍀
— celtic jaime 🍀 (official account) (@jaimelawson08) February 23, 2020
Sign him up 🍀🇮🇪
— Brian McCarvel (@BrianMccarvel) February 22, 2020
Come home big man 🍀🍀🍀👍
— 🏴 John Williams 🏴 (@GSRHighlander) February 22, 2020
— Gus (@gconnolly87) February 22, 2020
Yas! Yas please! 💚 pic.twitter.com/NQyciLHcsf
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) February 22, 2020
One fan, however, brought the conversation back down to earth with a bang.
While he admits he wants to see the towering stopper sign for the club permanently, doubts linger regarding the club’s financial position and whether they’d actually be able to afford the transfer fee.
Given his form of late, and his willingness to take a pay cut, it would be no surprise if other suitors also joined the race for his signature.
Much I would love him to sign, but I seriously doubt that Celtic will pay the money,. Was it not 10 or 15 million they got him from Celtic. They would want even the money back or more. And if he keeps playing the way he is, other teams will want him
— shaan meechan (@ShaanMeechan) February 22, 2020
Finally, a more optimistic and light-hearted response suggested that the club need to seek planning permission to keep Forster at the club, such is the enormity of his presence between the sticks.
If the reaction is anything to go by, Forster would be an incredibly popular summer addition.
Do we need planning permission to permanently install a Great Wall?! 😀🍀
— Carpe Diem Semper (@carpediem__1988) February 22, 2020