Celtic handed major Fraser Forster January transfer boost

Celtic have been handed a major boost in their bid to bring back Fraser Forster on loan from Southampton in January.

Celtic have looked like a shadow of their former selves this season. And one of their biggest areas of weakness for them has been between the sticks.

Neither Vasilis Barkas not Scott Bain has looked good enough to be a regular starter for the club. Barkas arrived in the summer from AEK Athens in a deal reported to be around £4.5 million. Since then though, he has failed to impress and is not proving to be a wise investment on the part of the Hoops.

On the other hand, Bain has never looked like someone who can be the number one for a club of this size. Yes, he has managed to save two penalties over the last couple of months but his overall play has left a lot to be desired as goals have continued to leak in his presence.

Of course, the club would not have been in this situation if they have managed to bring Fraser Forster back on another season-long loan in the summer. The Englishman had a brilliant campaign last season but decided to reject the chance to comeback in favour of staying at St Mary’s, with a possible move to Chelsea also probably playing a huge part in this decision.

Since then, he has not featured at all for the Saints. And according to Football Insider, they are looking to bring in Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Toby Savin. If that does happen, Forster is expected to slip further down the pecking order.

And in that case, the door to a Parkhead return could open up again. Now while many fans will not want to bring him back based on the fact that he refused to come back when he had the chance, considering the Hoops’ goalkeeping situation, it is probably the best move for all parties involved. Let’s just hope that everything falls into place.