Darren Bent suggested Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster will be frustrated by the speculation about his future.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England striker admitted that the shot-stopper will be conflicted as while the Premier League is fantastic, he’d probably enjoy staying at the Hoops for the long-term and racking up more trophies.
Bent admitted that Premier League teams were likely to seek the 31-year-old’s services if he was to become available and added that the Hoops may struggle to afford him.
When asked if Forster will have Premier League teams wanting his services after wowing at Celtic, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah I think so but it’s tough.
“I can kind of understand where some players come from, he’s only on loan from Southampton, so there is the idea to get back to the Premier League which is the best league in the world.
“But at the same time if you go up to Scottish football and play for Celtic and Rangers, but Celtic in particular due to their history, they’re always competing for titles, always competing for Champions League football.
“It’s hard to turn down and end up back at Southampton, who could potentially be in the Championship, or join a team fighting to stay in the Premier League.
“But I can understand why he may say, let me stay at Celtic and win a whole bunch of trophies and assess the situation later.
“It’s a toughie as the days of Scottish teams spending big on players and wages are gone, and if they’re going to demand £25million that is frustrating for him as you think Celtic aren’t going to pay that.
“Hopefully Celtic can sort something, but if he can at least pick up two trophies this year it may soften the blow.”
Forster has played 22 times across all competitions, conceding 13 goals and keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
The experienced keeper is contracted to Southampton until 2022 and has played a total of 125 times for the Saints.
In other Celtic news, Danny Mills accused a Hoops favourite of playing the emotional card.