Celtic can breathe a sigh of relief as Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he is not looking to recall Fraser Forster in January.
Reports emerged last month revealing a reported recall clause in the 31-year-old’s loan deal, leading to some suggestions that Hasenhuttl would take him back to St Mary’s in January.
However according to the Daily Record, Hasenhuttl stated Forster’s loan is until the end of the season and he is not thinking about recalling him.
First I am very happy that after a long time of not playing he gets the chance to play there. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper but for him it was important to play and get games and self confidence back and I’m very happy for him.
At the moment we don’t think about that, we’ve got our three goalkeepers here and his loan is until the end of the season. It’s not the moment to think about that.
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Hasenhuttl’s comments will no doubt come as a huge boost for Celtic and Forster.
The 31-year-old is clearly enjoying being back at the club and has returned to his brilliant best following a number of impressive displays, most notably last weekend’s performance at Hampden.
Losing him in January therefore would have come as a big loss for Neil Lennon, and the Celtic boss will now be looking to negotiate a permanent move for him.