Alan Hutton believes Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster would find it “difficult” to join Chelsea over Celtic this summer. 

The Rangers legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he would rather keep playing regularly at Parkhead than return to being backup at Stamford Bridge.

As revealed by Football Insider, Chelsea have joined the Hoops in the hunt to sign the 32-year-old after his dazzling performances at Parkhead.

It is understood that Frank Lampard would want to sign Forster as a backup option for the Blues, while Celtic want to keep him as their number one between the sticks.

Hutton admits that a move to Chelsea will be tempting for Forster but believes that the goalkeeper will not want to return to sitting on the bench as he did at Southampton.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a difficult one. His career’s stuttered at Southampton, he’s got it back on track, he’s been unbelievable with Celtic so do you really want to go back to where you were as a number two as backup? I don’t think so.

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“Obviously there’s a massive lure at Chelsea and he’ll probably be on the same money and things like that but as a player who wants to play football, it’s not the ideal situation.

“If I was him, I’d want to go to Celtic. The chance of winning more titles, being loved, being the regular in the first team. I do understand the Chelsea lure but I think it’s going to be difficult for him to go back to second fiddle.” 

Forster has played 39 times for Celtic during his second spell in Glasgow, helping the Bhoys to a Scottish League Cup and the Premiership title.

Despite having 125 appearances under his belt for Southampton, he has played just once in the Premier League since December 2017.

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