Celtic recently officially confirmed the return of Fraser Forster to Celtic Park, on a season-long loan move from Southampton.
The English goalkeeper last represented the Bhoys in 2014, having initially arrived in 2010. In that time, the towering shot-stopper won three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups. The 31-year-old will be keen to win more silverware in his second spell with the Hoops.
Forster is certainly glad to be back with the Glasgow giants. Having fallen down the pecking order with the Saints, he will be desperate to return to regular first team football with Celtic. He may even seek to remain with the Scottish outfit beyond the expiration of his current loan. As quoted by the Evening Times, Forster said of the prospect of making his move permanent, “I definitely wouldn’t rule that out. It would be a fantastic thing if that could happen, although that would be out of my hands and there is a lot of football to be played before then”.
Talk of making Forster’s move permanent is premature. For a start, he is under contract at St Mary’s Stadium until 2022. Although the six-cap England international does not appear to be in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans, the south coast club could price Celtic out of a permanent move for Forster.
On top of that, Forster is yet to even play for the Bhoys this season, never mind establish himself as their No. 1. With Craig Gordon and Scott Bain to compete with, there’s a chance that Forster will fail to make himself the first choice. Before being dropped by Southampton, his form was in decline. Forster may not be the player he once was, and the one that Celtic fans remember.