With Victor Wanyama’s future up in the air, Celtic fans dreaming of his return to the hoops had their hopes raised a touch today.
Returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster revealed his old teammate had been in touch after his loan move back to Parkhead and had teased the new number 67 about “keeping his jersey warm”.
The Kenyan, who has been linked with a move to Brugge in Belgium, has said in the past that he retains a love of the club and he hopes to pull on the hoops again someday.
And Forster says the midfielder, who signed for Spurs in 2013, was straight on the phone to lay a claim to his old jersey.
He said: “Victor was straight onto me after the game. He’s on at me and saying keep my shirt warm for a bit,” reports the Evening Times.
Wanyama is surplus to requirements at Spurs, but Celtic could certainly do with his services.
Scott Brown remains an inspirational figure at Celtic but time is against him.
Wanyama would cost a fair wedge, with Brugge reportedly keen on a £9m move, plus a potential £4.5m in add-ons.
Celtic could certainly afford such a deal, although wages could prove a massive stumbling block.
Wanyama’s well-documented knee injuries could also put off a highly risk-averse Celtic board.
If there’s a deal to be made, though, Celtic should at least be checking it out.
At 28, Wanyama has a lot of football left in him, if he can put his injury woes behind him.
It may be that any slim chance of a deal rests on Celtic finishing off the job against AIK, but Wanyama and two full-backs would be a huge boost ahead of Ibrox next Sunday and go a long way to ensuring another successful domestic campaign.