Alex Bruce claims that Celtic will be pushing hard to try and sign Fraser Forster again this summer despite major financial hurdles for the Bhoys.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Kilmarnock defender insists that the Hoops have got to prioritise getting a top-quality keeper over the line ahead of next season.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic are facing an almost impossible battle to sign the 32-year-old shot-stopper permanently as a result of his £100,000-a-week wages at Southampton.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lennon believes signing both Forster and winger Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently is not “unrealistic” and that he would “dearly love” to do a deal for the pair.

Bruce believes that signing the goalkeeper will be the Northern Irishman’s priority, with Craig Gordon having left Parkhead to join Hearts on a free transfer.

“With the goalkeeper in particular, to get him over the line with what he did last season – obviously achieving the Premiership, you’ll want to try keep hold of him,” Bruce told Football Insider.

“If they manage to bring him in it will be healthy for Celtic going forward. I think the goalkeeping situation is vital because obviously he played a lot of games.

“Having a good goalkeeper between the sticks is vital so I’m sure they’ll want to get that one over the line as quickly as possible.” 

Forster played 39 times across all competitions for Celtic last season, helping the Bhoys to the Scottish League Cup and the Premiership title.

Despite having once been a regular for Southampton, the England international has played just once in the Premier League since December 2017.

In other Celtic news, the club have been tipped by insider to sign McGregor’s pal if Elyounoussi deal collapses.

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