Hoops boss knows stopper won’t be around for much longer.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has insisted that he has accepted the fact that goalkeeper Fraser Forster will likely soon depart Parkhead for one of Europe’s top clubs sooner or later, Sky Sports reports.
Forster’s performances both in the SPL and in the Champions League have seen him become regarded as one of the best young goalkeeper’s in the game right now as he has now won a long succession of admirers.
Lennon has admitted that he is a huge fan of the former Newcastle stopper, but believes his exit is inevitable as he is surely a target for a number of top clubs around Europe.
“It’s going to be impossible to keep Fraser the way he’s playing,” he confessed.
“Inevitably, I think a huge club will come in and make a huge bid for him.
“Sometimes it is very frustrating as a manager, as you are trying to build something, you are trying to progress the club but it is a huge compliment about what we have done over the past two or three years and it’s put the club on the map again.
“People might say I am biased but over the last two seasons in the Champions League he has proved at the highest level he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and he’s still only 24.
“For a keeper who is still so young. He’s got so much more to come.
“The way he’s playing at the minute and the fact he’s knocking on the door to be England’s No 1 playing in the Scottish league, that speaks volumes for his talent.”
Lennon confirmed that he is looking to keep the nucleus of his squad together as he hopes to build on the success of the past two seasons.
“We have a core – Brown, Ledley, Commons, Samaras, Lustig and Ambrose has just signed a new contract,” he added.
“It is important to keep that core together while one or two individuals may move on.”