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FORSTER TIPPED FOR HOOPS DEAL

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FRASER FORSTER is willing to take a drop in wages to remain at Celtic, according to a report in a media sports agency.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper is a massive hit with the team and the supporters since agreeing a season-long loan switch from Southampton in the summer.

However, Forster who saved a crucial penalty-kick in the 1-1 Europa League last-32 encounter with FC Copenhagen on Thursday, is due to return to the south coast club in June.

The champions are believed to be paying 50 per cent of his current salary, reported to be in the £75,000-per-week bracket which was signed in 2015 when he was the current England international No.1.

However, Forster, whose current deal runs until June 2022, dropped down to third in the pecking order at the south coast outfit behind Alex McCarthy, who played in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa yesterday, and Angus Gunn, who cost £13.5million from Manchester City in July 2018.

Ralph Hassenhuttl, who took over from Mark Hughes at St Mary’s, is clearly prepared to do a deal for the skyscraper shotstopper.

The Southampton correspondent for media agency The Athletic states: “This has been bubbling away for some time now and Ralph hasn’t given many comments outside: ‘It’s nice he’s doing well, but I’m not focused on him’.

“My understanding is Forster is willing to take a pay cut to stay at Celtic, so the chances of him staying in Scotland are pretty good.”

Forster, who put in a Man of the Match performance, including a spot-kick save from Alfredo Morelos, in the Betfred League Cup Final success over Rangers in December, left Parkhead for the Saints in a £10million move in the summer of 2014.

Neil Lennon could be left with a No.1 problem at the end of the season if Forster returns across the border and Craig Gordon quits when his contract expires.

That would leave him with only Scott Bain as a keeper with first-team experience.

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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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