The failure to re-sign Fraser Forster from Southampton this summer would be a “big blow” for Celtic and manager Neil Lennon, according to Alex Bruce.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he was worrying whether the goalkeeper’s wage demands would scupper the Hoops’ chance of a transfer deal.

As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic face an impossible task to sign the 32-year-old permanently as a result of his near-£100,000-a-week wages at Southampton and are sourcing alternatives as they work on a potential loan deal for the colossal keeper.

Bruce admits he hopes that the Bhoys can find a way to get Forster back to Parkhead and insists the shot-stopper needs to be playing regularly rather than sitting on the bench.

Bruce told Football Insider: “We did worry a few weeks ago, what kind of wage demands are put on these players and when you talk about those figures you can understand why, in Scotland, they struggle to match it.

“It’ll be a big blow for Lennon. In my opinion, you’re better off playing, you’re always better off playing so if he can sort out something to go back to Celtic, it would be beneficial for both parties but when you’re on such big money, it makes players’ positions difficult.” 

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Forster, who played 39 times during the 2019/20 campaign, helped Celtic win both the Premiership title and the Scottish League Cup.

He has made just one Premier League appearance since December 2017, having fallen down the pecking order under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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