Celtic is currently preparing for a dramatic swap deal that could persuade Southampton to allow Fraser Forster to remain at Parkhead on a permanent basis.
Now that Celtic have be crowned champions for the coveted nine-in-a-row, manager Neil Lennon and his club have set their eyes on something far greater. A ten-in-a-row run as league champions would solidify the Hoops as the greatest club in Scottish history.
That achievement is possible next season, but to ensure the league championship Celtic will need to field the best team on the pitch as possible. That begins with solidifying one of the most important positions in the pitch: goalkeeper.
Fraser Forster made his Hoops return this past season when he came over on loan from Southampton. He was an absolute revelation as he made Scott Bain and Craig Gordon a mere afterthought after rejoining the club. So, now the club wants to bring the big man home on a permanent deal. But it may cost them.
Celtic Quick News has made an interesting claim that the two clubs could hash out a swap deal that would send Olivier Ntcham to Southampton while Fraser Forster would remain at Celtic. This would allow Southampton some financial relief, while also moving on from a player that has had a tough time finding playing time on the pitch.
“Forster, 32, is likely to be a key component in Lennon’s bid for history while 24-year-old Ntcham, who cost £4.5million when Brendan Rodgers signed him from Manchester City in June 2017, could be used as part of any agreement.
“The skint Saints need to get some of their highest-earning performers off the pay roll and a swap between the keeper and the anchorman, who is picking up £35,000-per-week at the Hoops, could be the ideal solution for all parties.”
These could be amenable terms between the two parties that would benefit each side in different ways. The Hoops could bring a fan-favourite back on a permanent deal that would solve questions and goalkeeper. Meanwhile, Southampton would be able to cut payroll. Seems like quintessential “win-win”.