Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is uncertain what the future holds for Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi following the suspension of the Scottish Premiership due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Southampton duo’s loan deals expire at the end of May, and with the likelihood that the season could be extended well beyond that date, Lennon says he will need to consult with the Celtic board about what can be done:
“I would need to speak to Peter Lawwell or Michael Nicholson on Fraser and Mohamed’s situation. It’s hypothetical at the minute but it’s another thing I will now have to think about.”
“There may be a conversation with Southampton on that. We don’t know how long this is going to go on for. It’s an indefinite period.”
If the season overruns by weeks or even months, it would cause a number of complications with both loan spells and player contracts.
The hope would be that if the season does restart in the summer, Southampton would be open to an extension of the loan deals.
If that doesn’t happen, though, Celtic may well have to do without both Forster and Elyounoussi if they are recalled by the Saints. At the stage, however, that is all hypothetical, and it remains to be seen how the football authorities will deal with the situation.