Alan Hutton fumed over the thought of Southampton pricing goalkeeper Fraser Forster out of a move due to his form at Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Scotland international claimed it annoys him when parent clubs pump up the value of players they’ve loaned out who start doing well.
Hutton explained that it was unfair on Forster for the Saints to potentially stop him moving on with his career and admitted he felt sorry for the Hoops goalkeeper.
When asked whether Forster’s rising price tag will stop him staying at the Hoops long-term, Hutton told Football Insider: “There’s no way Celtic will be able to pay that for a goalkeeper.
“And the thing that annoys me the most about this situation, it even happened with Aston Villa and Tyrone Mings as well, is that his club let him go because they deemed him surplus to requirements.
“The player then flourishes with the team that they went to, and the team that didn’t want them then pumps up their value, so you’re only affecting the player.
“You’re stopping him from moving on with his career just because he went off and done well off his own back.
“So I don’t really like it, I think the best thing is for a price tag to be agreed beforehand, so you go out on loan for a year with a view to a permanent for say like £8million.
“I think it just ends up being unfair on the player as your club puts up your price too high.
“And I feel for him a bit as it’s a tough situation to be in.”
Forster played a starring role in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Rangers on Sunday to help win the Scottish League Cup.
The 31-year-old has made a grand total of 20 appearances for the Hoops this season, keeping nine clean sheets and conceding only 13 goals in the process.
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