Forster poised to bid farewell to Saints

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Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster could still leave the club on loan before the end of the month, according to Mark Hughes.

Southampton goalkeeeper Fraser Forster looks to have played his last game for the Saints ahead of a proposed loan move to Celtic.

The 31-year-old is set to undergo a medical in Glasgow on Thursday ahead of re-joining the Scottish champions on a season-long deal.

Celtic will reportedly have the option to make the deal permanent come the end of the season and he appears unlikely to return to Southampton having been told he is surplus to requirements, despite still having three years to run on his contract.

Foster has endured a dramatic fall from grace on the south coast since signing a bumper new five-year deal in the summer of 2017, reportedly making him the best paid player at the club at the time.

However, a series of errors during the first half of the 2017-18 campaign saw him dropped by manager Mauricio Pellegrino with Alex McCarthy given the nod.

Despite the Saints changing coaches twice since then, Forster has failed to reclaim his place between the sticks and has slipped even further down the pecking order over the last 12 months.

Southampton spent £13.5million on Angus Gunn in the summer of 2018 and he has since grabbed the No.1 spot from McCarthy, relegating Forester to third choice.

Forster was handed a rare start towards the end of last season but failed to impress in a 3-0 defeat at West Ham.

Having lost his spot in the Southampton starting line-up, and subsequently his position in the England squad, Forster will hope to get his career back at Celtic.

The shot stopper has formally referred to Celtic Park as “home” and claims to have fantastic memories of his previous four-year stint north of the border.

Forster made 197 appearances for the Bhoys previously, helping them win three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups before his £10million move to Southampton in 2014.

He was also part of a Celtic side that recorded a famous win over Barcelona in 2012, earning him the nickname of ‘The Wall’ from the Catalan media.

Neil Lennon was Celtic boss during Forster’s previous stint at Celtic, returning to take charge of the Hoops last year, and has been looking to bring in competition for the No.1 jersey for several weeks.

Scott Bain has been first-choice for the majority of Lennon’s second tenure but is currently sidelined with a dislocated thumb.

Scotland international Craig Gordon has come into the side since then and Forster will have to prove himself if he doesn’t want to find himself on the bench again.

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