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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC AIM TO DEAL IN LOAN STAR, FORGET HOOPS MOVE, EX-GER TELLS TURNBULL, KILLIE RECORD DEAL

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CELTIC No.2 John Kennedy insists Celtic will pull out all the stops to sign loan star Fraser Forster on a permanent deal in the summer.

The skyscraper England international keeper is due to return to Southampton in the summer when his season-long temporary transfer expires.

The champions, zeroing in on their ninth successive title, are eager to do a deal with the fans’ favourite and the south coast club who paid £10million to lure Forster from Parkhead in the summer of 2014.

He was Man of the Match in the Hoops’ Betfred League Cup Final triumph over Rangers in December and capped a memorable display with a penalty save from Alfredo Morelos just four minutes after Christopher Jullien has netted the only goal of the game.

And Forster was the man of the moment last week when he swooped to save Jens Stages’ spot-kick 12 minutes from time in the 1-1 Europa League last-32 draw in the Danish capital last week.

The shotstopper’s contract at the Premier League outfit runs until June 2022, but he has slipped to third in the pecking order at the club behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.

Neil Lennon’s assistant gaffer Kennedy told the Sunday Post: “If there is a deal to be done, the club can produce something and a deal between Southampton and Fraser is possible, then I’m pretty sure we would try to do it.

GLOVE AFFAIR…Fraser Forster enjoys life at Celtic.

“If Fraser became available we would want him. He has been terrific and made big saves at the big moments.

“He has either got us a positive result or kept us in the game. To be fair to him and Stevie Woods, they do their homework.

“In Denmark, the plan was if Jens Stage was going to take the penalty, we had an idea where it was going to go – and the big man made the save.

“Southampton will have their say in the summer, so we’ve got to stay focused between now and the end of the season then see if something can be done.”

Kennedy added: “Speaking to him, it’s no secret he loves being here.

“He enjoys the atmosphere, loves the club and what the fans bring.

“I think he appreciates everything he has here. There is an admiration for him, not just within the club, but from the supporters, too.

“He is well thought of by everyone and he appreciates that.”

FORMER Motherwell boss Stuart McCall has told David Turnbull to forget about chasing a big-money move to Celtic.

The ex-Scotland and Rangers star hope the 20-year-old midfielder remains at Fir Park for the foreseeable future.

Turnbull was set for a £3.25 million switch to the champions in the summer only to see the move fall through after a medical examination highlighted a knee problem that required an operation.

He made his long-awaited comeback as a substitute in his side’s 2-1 loss to St Mirren last night.

McCall – now in charge of English League Two side Bradford City for a third time – told the Daily Record: “First and foremost, I want to see David Turnbull back playing games, getting back to his best and improving.

“I’m sure his mind was messed up at the time, but life tests you.

“He’s got terrific ability and I think he’s got the right mindset. He’s a real switched-on kid and, from Motherwell’s point of view, they’ll want to try and keep him.

“When you are at that age and you play regularly until you get to your early 20s, it’s good to get a lot of experience of games under your belt.

“I played 150 games before I was 21 or something like that and that set me up

“Do you want to leave and go to a club where you might be a squaddie or you might get sent out on loan because you want to get a few more grand?

“I don’t know, it depends what you are like as a person. For me, until you get to a certain age you get the games in.

“I think it’s an important part of your development – not going to clubs just for the sake of it to say I’ve joined this club or that club, and sitting on the bench or playing in the Under-21s.”

KILMARNOCK have announced a “club record” kit deal with manufacturer Hummel.

The Rugby Park club had been on the look-out for a new supplier as their deal with Nike expires in the summer and after a “rigorous selection process” it is Hummel who have won the contract.

The brand have supplied kits and training gear for Rangers for the past two seasons, but the Ibrox side are now searching for a replacement as disputes with Sports Direct and Mike Ashley rumble on.

The Ayrshire side say the brand will produce kits as well as a range of training gear beginning in 2020/21 through to the end of the 2022/23 season.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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