According to a report from Sky Sports, Southampton are on the verge of sealing a deal for goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The 22-year-old impressed greatly on loan at Championship side Norwich City last season to thus attract much interest in the early phase of the summer transfer window, although it appears that Mark Hughes’ Saints have won the race for the England Under-21 international.
And this imminent deal should be of particular interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who should now seek to make a move to bring goalkeeper Fraser Forster back to Parkhead, as he is likely to suffer from Gunn’s arrival on the South Coast.
Ultimately, 30-year-old Forster endured a testing time at St Mary’s last season in losing his place in the starting eleven to Alex McCarthy back in December, having prior to then made some costly errors between the sticks for the Saints.
And his compatriot’s fine efforts between December and the end of the campaign, in which he played a key part in keeping them up, kept England international Forster out of the side, and leaves him facing the prospect of heading into the 2018/19 campaign as, at best, the club’s second-choice shot-stopper.
Yet Gunn’s imminent arrival is only likely to push the ex-Celtic goalkeeper even further down the pecking order at Southampton, thus leaving him facing an uncertain future for someone who two years ago was turning out for his country.
And that is why Rodgers’ Celtic must seek to take advantage by making a move for the 30-year-old, in turn offering him the opportunity to resurrect his career at a club he knows and has succeeded at in the past.
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Forster spent four fine years at Parkhead between 2010 and 2014 in helping the Bhoys to three Scottish Premiership titles as well as two Scottish Cup crowns, with his excellent efforts earning him a move south of the border to Southampton.
Thus, the familiarity of somewhere he has played some of his best football could be exactly what the 30-year-old needs to re-discover his best form, with it arguable that he is a better shot-stopper than current senior options Craig Gordon, who’ll turn 36 at the end of this year, and Scott Bain, who joined the club on a free earlier this summer.
As such, with Gunn seemingly on his way to Southampton, Rodgers’ Celtic must seek to take advantage by luring £13.5 million-rated Gordon (as per Transfermarkt) back to Parkhead.
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