Celtic could have just been provided a huge boost in their pursuit of Fraser Forster on a permanent deal after it was announced that Ralph Hasenhuttl, manager at the goalkeeper’s parent club Southampton, had just signed a new deal yesterday.
The manager signed a new four year contract, and ever since he first became the man in charge at the Saints in December 2018, Forster has struggled for game time.
He only played once in the 2018/19 Premier League season, and that was on the 5th April 2019, per Transfermarkt. Instead Hasenhuttl has opted to use fellow Englishmen Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy, clearly believing they were better options.
Celtic may now feel encouraged that they can snap up Forster permanently with Hasenhuttl sticking around, as he hasn’t been part of his plans.
Will Celtic manage to buy Forster in the summer?
Ever since Forster returned to Celtic on loan this season he has been a revelation, returning to his best, playing 39 games in all competitions and only conceding 28 goals as well as keeping an impressive 17 clean sheets along the way.
He also played a crucial part in their Betfred Cup final victory over Old Firm rivals Rangers as he saved a penalty whilst the Hoops were down to ten men and also made some vital saves to keep a clean sheet.
With Football Insider recently breaking the news that Celtic will pull out all the stops to sign Forster, the club might not find it as hard as they first thought as the manager who let him leave on loan has committed his future to the Southampton, and the new deal signed by Hasenhuttl will come as a positive update for the Scottish side.
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