By Frank McAvennie

25th Jul, 2021 | 1:08pm

McAvennie: This is what my Celtic sources have told me about stunning Forster return

Frank McAvennie claims Celtic tried to sign Fraser Forster last summer amid fresh links to their former player.

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the possibility of a sensational Parkhead return for the giant goalkeeper.

On 17th July, The Scottish Sun claimed Celtic were eyeing a loan move for Forster.

It was then reported by the same outlet on 22nd July that the stopper has rejected a new Southampton deal.

It is claimed the Hoops will take advantage of the situation with just 12 months remaining on Forster’s contract.

Forster has already had four spells at Celtic, spending two seasons on loan between 2010 and 2012 before joining permanently.

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After being sold to Southampton he re-joined the club on loan for the 2019-2020 season.

McAvennie claims he heard from his Celtic sources that the club wanted to sign Forster last summer.

“I think there was a deal in place last summer,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“I was told that Southampton wanted to cut their losses and he was going to come but something happened.

“He’s a damn good keeper but we need someone who can be here and be a top performer for a few years.

“If Forster was to come I wouldn’t be against it, he’s a wonderful keeper.

“He’s experienced and he can tell his defenders what he wants. That can be as important as a strike partnership.

“We need to build a decent defence and Celtic need to stop letting goals in.”

Forster has made 236 appearances for Celtic during his career.

He has won seven major honours with the club including four Scottish Premiership titles.

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