Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl says Fraser Forster may still leave the club this summer but it won't be on loan.

The former Celtic goalkeeper enjoyed a successful second loan spell at Parkhead last season, playing his part in a domestic double with the Scottish Cup still to play for.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon had been hoping to bring the stopper back on loan for a third time but the Englishman opted to remain at St Mary's. It is understood a loan at Celtic was on the table again but it was the player himself who snubbed the chance.

Now boss Hassenhuttl has opened up on the situation and insisted the goalie may still leave the club. "We have not decided what we do next season with our plans in this direction," the Austrian said.

“Of our loan players, some did a very good job there and it’s also clear that loan players don’t want to go again on loan. Normally they want to go permanently somewhere and we will find the right solution for every player in the summer. When the right moment is to discuss it, then we do it.”

Celtic would have to break their wage structure to sign Forster on a permanent deal with his weekly packet standing at a reported £90,000 per week.

We exclusively told how ex-Celtic goalkeeper Roy Baines urged the club to push the boat out to get him.