By Paul Robinson

22nd Feb, 2020 | 12:16pm

Exclusive: Robinson fears over future of Celtic mainstay who is 'Perfect fit' at Parkhead

Paul Robinson admits he is worried that Celtic will be priced out of a deal to keep Fraser Forster past the end of his loan deal from Southampton.

The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, thinks that the 31-year-old is happy at Parkhead and would want to remain with the Hoops when the season comes to an end.

Forster returned to join Neil Lennon’s side on a season-long loan deal in the summer, quickly establishing himself at the club’s number one between the sticks.

Having seen the former Newcastle man dazzle in goal, most recently in the 1-1 draw with Copenhagen in the Europa League, Robinson worries his parent club could make it difficult for the Hoops to sign him.

“I think he’d be quite happy (to stay), looking at the way he’s turned his form around and turned his career around, I think he likes it at Celtic,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“He seems to be the perfect fit and so long as Southampton don’t ask silly money, I can see him staying there.

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“The only problem you can see now for Fraser Forster is someone at Southampton has escalated ideas of price because he’s playing well and putting a value on they can’t afford.

“That’s the only problem they’ve got, realistically six months ago he had no future at Southampton and they happily let him go. Just because the lad’s playing well, you hope that they’re not going to put an unrealistic price on him because he’s clearly a player they didn’t want.” 

Forster has played 34 times already this season, taking his total appearances for the Bhoys to 231.

His last Southampton outing came back in April 2019 in a Premier League game against West Ham – his first top-flight match since December 2017.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit has been left raving over a Hoops ace despite a worrying sight.