We all know the status of the season is up in the air, as is the whereabouts of certain players when football does resume.
It looks increasingly likely loan players will have to head back to their respective clubs this summer when their deals expire. There will be no club out there willing to extend stays for any loan signing and increase their financial liability.
That means for Celtic, it’s almost likely the end of the road for Fraser Forster, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Moritz Bauer and Daniel Arzani.
With what’s going on in the world and in the UK, there’s no chance football will be back in the timeframe UEFA think it will be. It’s as simple as that. With smaller nations looking to find a way to close the season off and tap into the money they can get as a result, this season continuing looks less and less likely.
Furthermore, with all clubs losing money, and Celtic 100% not immune to this, it’s unlikely the bhoys will fork out to keep Fraser at the club.
It was going to be a long shot to begin with but Peter Lawwell will not be green lighting any big money moves unless it’s via the Parkhead exit door.
It was on Halloween last year when Celtic basically showed their hand without being overt.
Scott Bain, who was then the third choice keeper and injured was signed to a new long term deal. Bain had only signed his Celtic deal a year prior and his new contract locks him in for another year.
The thought had to be that Fraser would be heading back down south in the summer, Craig Gordon’s contract would run out and not renewed leaving a pathway for Bain to make the number one spot his own.
When Celtic do resume playing football, I fully expect Scott Bain to be the goalkeeper.
Bain done well during his year as number one before Fraser came in but he has pretty big gloves to fill and must cut out the errors which allowed Neil Lennon to delve into his little green book and bring Fraser home.
I’d love to see Celtic cut a deal with Southampton for the big goalkeeper but financially, it’s just never going to happen.