NEIL LENNON admitted he would be delighted to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent basis at Celtic.
However, the Hoops boss acknowledged there are a few obstacles – including finances – to overcome before anything is settled.
The towering keeper was a hero with two fabulous saves in the 2-1 Europa League Group E triumph over the slick Italians of Lazio at a packed Parkhead on Thursday night.
Lennon organised a loan deal from Southampton, who paid £10million to sign the England international shotstopper in 2014, to remain at Parkhead during the team’s quest for nine in a row.
Craig Gordon, 36, is out of contract in the summer and may leave in his search for first-team football elsewhere.
That would put the focus on Forster and the Irishman accepted it might be difficult to get the goalie on a long-term deal, but he insisted it will not prevent him from trying.
Lennon, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “We’re a long way off that yet. There are so many factors in it.
“We’re grateful for the loan from Southampton. It depends on what the player wants to do and then what Southampton want to do, as well.
“So, we’re a long way off talking about that just yet.”
Ironically, while Forster celebrated his wonder display against the Serie A outfit, the Premier League team were being dismantled at home by Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City 24 hours later with Angus Gunn being required to pick the ball out of the back of his net NINE times!