By Alan Hutton

9th Dec, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Celtic plot 'Fantastic' Jan signing, ex-Ger fumes: 'We tried our best to re-sign him'

Former Rangers star Alan Hutton has been left fuming as Celtic consider launching a move to re-sign Fraser Forster from Southampton in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Scotland defender has insisted the Bhoys need to move on from their former shot-stopper after he turned down the chance to return to Glasgow over the summer.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic chiefs are willing to back Neil Lennon with the funds to bring the 32-year-old back to Parkhead on loan, although they realise it will be a struggle to try and prise him from Southampton.

The Hoops know Ralph Hasenhuttl will not let the colossus shot-stopper, who has not played a single minute this season, depart without signing a backup.

Celtic had agreed another loan deal for Forster with the Saints over the summer but the England international was reluctant to commit.

Having seen Celtic turn their attentions to sign Greek international Vasilis Barkas instead, Hutton has insisted the Bhoys need to keep faith in their decision and not go running back to their former star.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “This is the thing I don’t understand, I think he’s a fantastic keeper and he was an amazing player for Celtic last season, a huge part of what they’ve done and the things that they won so if he didn’t want to come back then, why bring him back now?

“This is what I don’t get, he made a decision so as a football club, as in Celtic, they’ve moved on. You’ve had your chance to come in and be part of it, if I was the club I’d be saying: ‘Well no, we’ve given you the chance’.

“They’ve moved on from him, I do understand he was a fantastic goalkeeper and they’re struggling in that department at the moment but I think you have to stand by your decision at some point and say: ‘Enough is enough, we tried our best to re-sign you and you weren’t interested.’

“So now that he’s made his decision, he’s not playing at Southampton and (thinks) he can just click his fingers and come running back, I just don’t think that’s how should work.

“You look at the likes of Barkas, even Bain, it’s been difficult for them because they couldn’t get Forster back in, he’s got massive shoes to fill and they just haven’t lived up to what he was.” 

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