Confirmed: Former Celtic hero joins Spurs
Former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has joined English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, the club confirmed today.
The 34-year old departed Southampton after his contract expired at St Mary’s and was quickly signed up by Antonio Conte’s side ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Signing for Spurs brought to an end Forster’s eight-year stay with Southampton after moving to the club in 2014 from Celtic.
The Englishman’s career kickstarted at Parkhead, during two separate loan spells with the club, before joining on a permanent basis under former manager Neil Lennon.
During his first three spells at Celtic, Forster continued to impress with his domestic and European performances, including that famous 2-1 win over Barcelona in 2012.
That caught the eye of Southampton, who made a move to bring Forster to the club for a fee in the region of £10 million.
Having enjoyed a few years as number one at St Mary’s, Forster was replaced after a series of injuries and mistakes between the sticks.
This led to another loan spell at Parkhead, where the shot-stopper kickstarted his career once again under Lennon, putting in more magnificent performances.
In the summer of 2020, it was expected that the England internationalist would return to the club on a permanent deal for a second time. However, Forster chose to remain with his parent club and fight for his place.
Although it took some time, the wait paid off, with Forster eventually becoming the number one at the club this season. But, with his contract expiring, he has moved on to the Champions League side.
Fraser Forster’s Celtic role reversal
Forster faces a potential reunion with the Hoops next season, should his new side Tottenham Hotspur be drawn in the same Champions League group next season.
But, given the 34-year old is expected to play second fiddle to Hugo Lloris, it seems unlikely we will see him between the sticks at Parkhead, even if the two sides face off.
There is certainly more than a hint of irony about this move, given that Forster is now taking on the role that current Celtic number one Joe Hart held with the North London side.
Now, Hart is the one who will be enjoying the trophies and success on the field rather than sitting on the bench each week.
Given his performances in his first season for the Hoops, I am sure Celtic fans will be delighted to see that continue.