FORMER Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster is reportedly wanted on loan once again by the 51-time Scottish Champions.

The six foot seven man-mountain played 28 league games for Celtic during a loan spell from Saints in the 2019-20 season, following a 2012-14 term where he made his name at the Scottish giants.

Since joining the south coast side in 2014, Forster has made 115 Premier League appearances – but only nine since 2018-19, having seen himself limited of top-flight action.

Forster put in a man-of-the-match performance during the Scottish League Cup final in December 2019, holding firm from attack after attack to see Celtic home with a narrow 1-0 lead – something both club and fan have not forgotten.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that the Hoops have opened talks with Saints about another loan return, but they will have to pay more than they did last time to land him.

The report details how Saints want around half of his £130,000 salary, despite only paying a fraction last time out – Celtic think a third is more reasonable.

Daily Echo:

Owner Dermot Desmond is reportedly open to spending top dollar on players he likes, and knowing full well that a Forster return would be a hit with the Celtic faithful could swing his decision.

Celtic were forced to watch as bitter rivals Rangers, spearheaded by Steven Gerrard, ended a ten-year wait for a title and stopped the Bhoys from completing a remarkable ten in a row themselves.

Greek international goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas arrived from AEK Athens only last summer, costing the club just under £5million, but managed just 14 SPL appearances with competition from Scott Bain.

Saints, on the other hand, only have two senior 'keepers following Angus Gunn's Norwich return with young Harry Lewis offering further cover.