Charlie Nicholas believes Celtic should re-sign Fraser Forster this summer to offer competition for Scott Bain, but could Celtic afford the goalkeeper?
According to Football Scotland, the former Arsenal striker wrote in his column for the Daily Star that Neil Lennon should be doing his utmost to re-sign Forster this summer as he believes Bain has endured a poor start to the season.
Neil Lennon needs to make a goalkeeper his number one signing priority. If I were the Celtic manager, I would be doing all I could to get Fraser Forster back to the club. We saw further evidence of the need for the goalkeeping position to be urgently addressed at Motherwell
Scott Bain is the first-choice after he was preferred by Brendan Rodgers because he could handle the back-pass better than Craig Gordon. Lennon, however, has made it clear that he is more interested in his goalies keeping the ball out of the net. Bain has been badly exposed already this season and, with Craig Gordon running down his contract, he is not the answer. Celtic need more of a presence between the sticks and Forster, for me, is perfect.
He may be a perfect choice for Nicholas, but would Celtic be able to afford the 31-year-old?
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A move for Forster would almost certainly depend on one thing: wages.
The transfer fee itself may not be too much of an issue, given Southampton’s desire to get either him or teammate Alex McCarthy off the books.
Equally, Lennon could look to loan him in and negotiate a deal where the South Coast side cover a percentage of his wage.
And at 31, it appears likely that Forster still has at least two or three season’s in him to be a regular first team option given the longevity of a goalkeeper’s career.
However, the former England international is reportedly one of Saints’ highest earners, and given how he may only be rotated in and out of the side with Bain, would Celtic want to fork out a large amount on his salary?
Furthermore, with his current wage at Saints, alongside the fact that Celtic probably need to focus of strengthening in other areas, a move to re-sign Forster may not appear the wisest move.