By Kevin Phillips

4th Jun, 2020 | 10:23am

'I played with him at Birmingham, he'd be great at Celtic'- Exclusive: Phillips rapt by new link

Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Ben Foster as Celtic are linked with a move for the Watford keeper as a surprise alternative to Fraser Forster.

However, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is sceptical as to whether Neil Lennon could prize the 37-year-old away from regular Premier League football.

Football Insider understands that the Hoops will pull out all of the stops to sign Fraser Forster, 32, this summer but his wage demands may be a sticking point in a potential deal.

According to Chilean outlet The Times, Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Claudio Bravo are among those considered to replace the Englishman if a deal cannot be agreed with Southampton this summer.

Ben Foster is out of contract on 30 June but The Athletic claim that a one-year extension at Vicarage Road has been discussed with the player keen on extending his stay there.

When asked by Football Insider who would be the better choice out of the three keepers touted, Phillips said: “I rate Fozzy. I played with him at Birmingham.

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“I think he has had a fantastic season at Watford. He has been there before and now he is having another stint and he would certainly be a great choice, and great at Celtic.

“If I was Neil Lennon and I had to pick out of those three you would look to go for a Ben Foster.

“Whether he would want to leave the Premier League, I am not sure he would. He is playing regularly in the best league in the world. Fozzy is a fantastic goalkeeper.” 

Foster has made 29 appearances for Watford this season, all in the Premier League, and kept 9 clean sheets.

If Watford are relegated this season a move to Parkhead may become a far more attractive proposition to the Englishman.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that club are set to tell £2million to find new club after talks.