Neil Lennon has heaped praise on Fraser Forster after his heroics in the Betfred Cup Final yesterday. The 31-year-old rejoined Celtic on loan from Southampton in the summer and has been a revelation since returning with incredible performances in Europe and domestically.
Yesterday was arguably one of Forster’s best in a Celtic jersey and Lennon is keen to keep the big ‘keeper around, as reported by the BBC.
“He’s one of the best goalkeepers around.
“But he’s not our player and then there’s affordability. We need to sit down with him and see what he wants to do. His performance came as no surprise to me because I’ve seen him do it many times before.
“You can see how happy he is to be here and I think he’s gone on record saying he loves it here so we’ll see.”
Forster initially joined Celtic from Newcastle in 2010 on loan before making the switch permanent in 2012, going on to break records in Scotland for clean sheets and earning plaudits for his performances.
One stumbling block may be the England Internationalist’s wages, which are reported at £70k but he has previously indicated his desire to stay at Celtic so could be willing to take a wage cut.
Southampton are loitering towards the bottom end of the Premier League and their fate could determine the future of Forster.
Forster saved numerous efforts from Alfredo Morelos as well as the Columbian’s penalty to ensure that Christopher Jullien’s strike would be enough to send the trophy back to Paradise.