Southampton tell Celtic they want Fraser Forster to compete for No 1 spot rather than allow another loan as Scottish side consider Joe Hart
- Neil Lennon wants Fraser Forster at Celtic on loan in mirror of this season’s deal
- Southampton are keen for Forster to challenge Alex McCarthy for No 1 spot
- Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side could allow Angus Gunn to go out on loan instead
Forster, 32, was the first choice of Neil Lennon but the Celtic manager will now have to assess other options including free agent Joe Hart.
With Forster wanted to challenge Alex McCarthy for next season, Southampton will consider allowing Angus Gunn to go out on loan instead.
Southampton are not willing to let Fraser Forster out on loan to Celtic again next season
Forster was sent out on loan to the Scottish champions last year and has been a mainstay in the side.
The England international has two years left on his current deal at Saints and Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen for quality competition in his squad.
Southampton look assured of safety in 13th place and have won two of their three games back since football restarted.
Forster has been a mainstay in the Celtic side and is Neil Lennon’s first choice