Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed he will need to speak with either Peter Lawwell or Michael Nicholson about the future of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster amid the current situation the professional game finds itself in.
With the duo both on loan from Southampton, the postponement of the current Scottish Premiership campaign has raised a few questions over the availability of loan players should it go beyond the contracted dates they have with the club.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Lennon admitted he did not know what the future held and revealed it was something that Celtic and the Premier League outfit may well have to have a conversation about at some point.
“This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions,” he said. “I would need to speak to Peter Lawwell or Michael Nicholson on that subject.
“It’s another thing I will now have to think about. There may well be a conversation with Southampton on that.”
Indeed, the current pandemic has thrown some real uncertainty into the world of football recently and it seems a number of difficult questions are starting to rear their ugly heads as they do not appear to have many easy answers.
However, Celtic must surely be hoping that they can get Southampton’s approval to keep the likes of Forster and Elyounoussi on the books for the duration of the current campaign, should it be resumed and have to finish at a date that is beyond the current contract lengths for each duo.
The ‘keeper has been instrumental for the Bhoys since re-joining them in the summer as he has gone on to make 39 appearances across all competitions for Lennon’s side, keeping an impressive 17 clean sheets and conceding just 28 goals in the process (TransferMarkt).
Indeed, Elyounoussi has also played his part since making the temporary switch from England’s south coast to the Scottish capital, as he has managed to provide the Glaswegians with seven goals and six assists in the 20 appearances to date (per TransferMarkt).
It is clear that both Elyounoussi and Forster have been vital components to Celtic’s squad this season and it would be important to be able to keep hold of them for as long as possible, especially if the season were to resume at a later date.
However, with so much uncertainty in the world at the moment with the latest crisis and so many questions being raised that may not have been needed to discuss ever before, what can be done remains to be seen.
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