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Forget Bain: Celtic must instead seek to re-sign £13.5m-rated shot-stopper this summer

Celtic supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team clinch a seventh successive Scottish Premiership title courtesy of a 5-0 thumping over Rangers at Parkhead on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ men got the better of their Old Firm rivals 4-0 in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup a matter of weeks ago to keep their treble hopes alive, and they knew that victory at Celtic Park on Saturday would secure them another league crown. And they produced an emphatic performance to match with a brace from Odsonne Eduoard alongside strikes from James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor sealing a comprehensive victory for the Bhoys, thus moving them ten points clear of Aberdeen with just nine left to play for.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted and buoyant Celtic fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can secure back-to-back domestic trebles by going on and beating Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final later this month.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Bhoys supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that their club have begun negotiations with goalkeeper Scott Bain about a permanent move this summer.

And while the 26-year-old would likely be a useful addition to the Scottish giants, they should forget about him and instead seek to re-sign £13.5 million-rated star Fraser Forster (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season.

Ultimately, Bain deserves immense credit for coming into Celtic on an emergency loan deal back in January following the injury to Craig Gordon, and subsequently performing well in his four league appearances for the Bhoys.

However, some of our resident Celtic fans are unsure over his long-term capabilities to the role and thus whether or not he can be the long-term number one at Celtic Park, whereas those supporters know that Forster is indeed capable of such a thing.

The 30-year-old spent four years at Celtic between 2010 and 2014, keeping 101 clean sheets in 197 appearances for the Scottish giants, in which time he helped them to three Scottish Premier League titles, and indeed two Scottish Cup crowns.

And with his Southampton future hugely uncertain heading into the summer, what with the Saints struggling to preserve their Premier League status, and Forster himself struggling to dispose Alex McCarthy of the gloves at present, he may well be available during the summer.

And Celtic must seek to bring him north of the border once again.

Yes, the England international has had difficulties in the last few years or so, but there’s little doubting that he is a hugely adept goalkeeper and one that could do a job between the sticks for Celtic – he hasn’t got six England caps for being a bad shot-stopper.

His confidence does appear to have suffered in recent times, yet there may be no better way of reinstalling that by a move back to somewhere he knows, and indeed has played some of his best football in his career.

Thus, while Bain would likely be a fine addition, the Bhoys should seek to instead bring Forster back to Celtic Park, in a move which appears to be in the best interests of both the club and indeed the player.

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

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