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What does the future hold for Southampton’s Fraser Forster?

What does the future hold for Southampton’s Fraser Forster?

Celtic supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second Scottish Premiership defeat of the season on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their trip to Kilmarnock off the back of narrowly beating Rosenborg in their opening Europa League group stage match a few days earlier, and thus full of confidence ahead of their visit to Rugby Park. Yet Steve Clarke’s Killy sealed a deserved 2-1 success over the Bhoys despite the visitors taking the lead through Leigh Griffiths, with goals after the break from Chris Burke and Stuart Findlay securing victory for the hosts.

As such, there have been many disappointed Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been looking at their current squad and wondering what can be done to improve the performances, be it in the short term and indeed in the long term.

And with goalkeeper Craig Gordon set to turn 36 at the end of the year, and Southampton shot-stopper Fraser Forster facing something of a plight at St Mary’s, replacing the former with the latter, and thus luring Forster back to Parkhead, is something Celtic should be seriously considering.

Ultimately, while Gordon has been an outstanding servant to the Scottish giants since his move there from Sunderland back in 2014, one wonders how much longer the Scotland international has left at the top of the Scottish game, with some signs last season that he maybe isn’t the goalkeeper he once was.

And at the age of 35, and turning 36 on New Year’s Eve, it’s arguable that the ex-Hearts shot-stopper is past his best and very much in his twilight years, which must be of concern to manager Rodgers when it comes to planning for the future at Parkhead.

And while several players who have moved south of the border to Southampton have gone on to have great careers, namely Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama, things have somewhat stalled for goalkeeper Forster to suggest that he may need a return to Celtic Park in a bid to get his career going again.

After all, the 30-year-old was outstanding for Celtic between 2010 and 2014 to thus earn a move to St Mary’s, and he even began life on the South Coast well to thus propel himself into England contention, earning six caps for his country between 2013 and 2016.

Yet things went downhill for the goalkeeper last season in making a few too many errors between the sticks, which saw Forster replaced by compatriot Alex McCarthy in the Southampton goal, a position the latter then failed to relinquish.

And with Angus Gunn also making the move to St Mary’s during the summer, it seems that 30-year-old Forster is now the third-choice under Mark Hughes, which spells bad news for the shot-stopper in his bid to reignite his club career, never mind his international career.

But having enjoyed an excellent stint at Celtic earlier in his career, which was where he made his name, a return to Parkhead could be exactly what the goalkeeper needs to rediscover his best form.

And with Gordon not getting any younger either, it’s a move which would not only be in the best interests of Forster, but it would be in Celtic’s best interests as well.

Celtic and Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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