Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed that he is setting his eyes on other goalkeepers after talks with Southampton to keep Fraser Forster at Parkhead failed to materialise, according to Sky Sports.
“We are looking at other options. There was a deal [for Forster] agreed between the clubs but it’s gone quiet from the player’s side of things,” said Lennon.
“We would dearly love him back here but if that’s not going to be the case then we’ll look elsewhere.
“We’re looking at a number of options on the goalkeeping front. It’s such an important position and Fraser did wonderful things for us last season.
“We’ve got big gloves to fill if you want to put it that way but ideally we’ll try to get an exceptional number one in again.”
Celtic will definitely need to sign a new shot-stopper this summer.
As things stand, Scott Bain is the only recognised keeper available to the Hoops after Craig Gordon recently agreed to join Hearts.
Forster was loaned out to Celtic last season and went on to play 32 times in all competitions for the Bhoys, helping them to a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.
It is not surprising that Lennon was aiming to keep Forster at Celtic in order to secure a historical tenth consecutive league success.
However, Southampton may well be aiming to re-integrate the experienced keeper into their side ahead of next season and have him contend with Alex McCarthy for the first-choice keeping position.
Forster will likely be open to this as it could potentially allow him a way back into the England set-up ahead of the European Championships.
With Scottish fixtures on the horizon and Celtic aiming to win a landmark tenth consecutive top-flight title, the Parkhead faithful will hope that a number of new faces arrive in Glasgow in coming weeks.