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CELTIC’S No.1 PROBLEM

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CELTIC boss Neil Lennon is facing a goalkeeping dilemma at the end of the season.

Fraser Forster’s loan period from Southampton will expire in June and the towering shotstopper faces being recalled by the Premier League team if the champions do not make a firm offer to keep him in a permanent basis.

At the same time, Craig Gordon will be out of contract and free to leave the club as a free agent.

The Scotland international, 36, could also negotiate a pre-contract with interested clubs in January in the same manner midfielder Scott Allan did with Hibs at the turn of the year.

Scott Bain, 27, started the campaign as the champions’ first choice, but injured a hand in the 4-3 Champions League exit against Cluj at Parkhead in August.

That opened the door for Gordon to make his return after losing top spot in January when ex-boss Brendan Rodgers decided to give the former Dundee No.1 an extended run in the team.

However, Lennon made his move for former fans’ favourite Forster who had dropped down to third in the pecking order with the south coast outfit.

The 31-year-old custodian left the Hoops in a £10million deal in 2014 and has already admitted he would not be against a longer deal with Scotland’s title kings.

Southampton are unlikely to welcome another season-long loan deal for the ex-England international, so that would mean the Hoops shelling out a substantial fee in the summer.

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