Fraser Forster has joined Neil Lennon’s Celtic on loan from Southampton.

Fraser Forster has told The Scottish Sun that he is open to joining Celtic on a permanent contract from Southampton next summer.

Forster has joined Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic on a season-long loan deal from Premier League outfit Southampton in the summer transfer window.

The 31-year-old England international goalkeeper played or the Glasgow giants on loan from Newcastle United in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and then signed a permanent contract in 2012.

Forster, who played under Neil Lennon at Celtic, joined the Saints from the Hoops in 2014 for a transfer fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth £10 million.

The goalkeeper has said that he is open to making his loan switch to the Hoops permanent next summer.

Forster told The Scottish Sun when asked if he could stay beyond a loan deal: “Yeah, definitely. I’d never, ever rule that out. Obviously I just want to concentrate week-by-week to begin with. But if we have a great year, it would come down to the two clubs working it out somehow.

“This is a fantastic place to play and even when I left I hoped one day I’d come back. You want to be here as much as you can, so I definitely wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a fantastic thing if that could happen, although that would be out of my hands.”

Leaving Southampton

Southampton clearly do not have Forster in their plans, and the Englishman may have to move on permanently next summer.

If Forster does well at Celtic this season and established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper, then he could well earn a permanent deal with the Hoops.

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