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FORMER Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has been put up for sale by Southampton.

The skyscraper shotstopper quit the Hoops in August 2014 in a £10million deal for the south coast club.

Comeback goalie Craig Gordon became one of Ronny Deila’s first signings for the Parkhead side as the one-time £9million man took over the gloves for the departing Englishman who has been capped six times by his country.

Forster became one of the Saints’ highest-earners in 2017 when he signed a five-year contract. However, the ex-Hoops fans’ favourite made only one Premier League outing last season in a 3-0 loss to West Ham in London.

The 6ft 6in custodian lost his first-team place to Alex McCarthy two years ago and dropped to third place in the pecking order when Angus Gunn arrived from Manchester City.

Ironically, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhutt has also told McCarthy, who has made one appearance for England, that he, too, will be allowed to move on if an acceptable bid comes in.

The 29-year-old last line of defence is already attracting attention from Aston Villa, on the look-out for back-up, and Liverpool as a stand-by for Alisson, with Simon Mignolet’s future at Anfield uncertain.

Neil Lennon signed Forster on a permanent £2million deal in 2012 after a successful two-season stint on loan from Newcastle.

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