Chris Sutton believes that Celtic should not be scared to even blow their entire budget on the player as signing him is an absolute must for 10IAR.
It will be interesting to see how Celtic tackle the upcoming transfer window with 10IAR on the line next season. The effects of the global pandemic will certainly be visible on the market as player prices are expected to come down as clubs do not have the funds to go big like they normally would.
But if Celtic’s early moves are any indicator, then the club might be preparing for a number of fresh arrivals. Over the last week, they have already moved four players in the form of Eboue Kouassi, Calvin Miller, Jonny Hayes and Jozo Simunovic.
Although none of them were first-team regulars, they will take some replacing. Especially Hayes, who was a part of Neil Lennon’s even last season and it is actually a bit surprising that the club decided to not give him even a one-year deal.
While Lennon has a solid squad at his disposal, there are still areas where they can improve. And the manager will certainly be looking to use this transfer window to fill those holes before making a run at 10IAR next season.
Chris Sutton though is of the belief that the club must take care of their absolute priorities first before looking for the luxury backup signings. And according to the former-Celtic man, Fraser Forster is an absolute must signing for the club to make, even if it takes their entire transfer budget.
Sutton wrote in his column in the Daily Record:
“For all the potential wheeling and dealing which could take place over the next couple of months if the transfer window gets up and running, the big keeper is an absolute must. If it takes all of the available transfer budget to get him, then so be it.
“Lennon did not hesitate at the beginning of last season when it became clear that Forster could be available from Southampton.
“People raised eyebrows at the thought of Lennon raising the phone to his former No.1 because he’d been out for ages with serious injuries and then a spell of inactivity at St Mary’s.
“There were huge doubts. But it didn’t take long for them to be dispelled. Forster was straight back into the groove.”
Blowing the entire budget on Forster might not be a great idea but it is undeniable that the English keeper is a priority signing for the club. He has reestablished himself as the man between the sticks at Parkhead since his arrival on loan from Southampton, and if available for a fee that the club can afford to pay, the board should think twice before making the deal permanent.