‘Works really hard’: Fraser Forster hailed ‘fantastic’ player in 2016, Celtic now reportedly want him
Celtic are reportedly trying to sign Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart, who’s someone that earned big praise from Fraser Forster five years ago.
According to well-respected football journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Celtic are now in talks with Premier League club Spurs about the 34-year-old.
There is no further detail, but it’s worth pointing out the shot-stopper is in the final year of his contract at Spurs.
Hart, who has 75 caps for England, was the best number one in the country earlier in his career. He won two Premier League titles back in 2012 and 2014 as a key figure at Manchester City.
He’s certainly lost his way in recent times, but moved to north London last year. The Englishman made 10 appearances across all competitions last season as the cover for Hugo Lloris.
33-year-old Southampton goalkeeper Forster, who’s very familiar to Celtic after his numerous successful spells as a player with them, was massively impressed by Hart when the duo were once in the England squad together.
“He’s obviously a fantastic keeper and I think he is showing year in, year out, for Man City and England how good he is,” Forster said in 2016.
“He works really hard and it is obviously important as a group of keepers we pressure him and try to catch him up, but he has been fantastic how he has played in some of the Champions League games this year, making big saves in big moments.
“For me he is a top keeper in Europe. You look how good his distribution is, how good his shot-stopping is and how he makes big saves at big moments and we are very lucky to have him.”
Hart an upgrade for Celtic, but can they do better?
If Celtic can afford his wages, Hart could succeed at Celtic.
It won’t be a surprise if some fans are against signing him, which is understandable after his considerable drop off.
However, he looked far happier last year. Also, he showed signs of a mini revival.
His great strength, something which Celtic desperately need, is being a loud vocal leader at the back. He would bring that in bucket loads.
But, the Scottish champions know he can be a little inconsistent though when it comes to his handling. They need to be 100 per cent about bringing him in.