Ex-Celtic keeper Fraser Forster reveals love for Southampton, aims for starting berth

By Euan Davidson

January 9, 2021

Celtic fan favourite Fraser Forster has already broken Hoops hearts over the last year.

Having made his first Southampton start since May 2019 this week, the lanky custodian spoke of his love for a club. Unfortunately, that wasn’t Celtic.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Forster was unequivocal in his feelings, following the Saints’ win over Premier League champions Liverpool.

Southampton won 1-0, with Danny Ings scoring against his old club (BBC). Forster kept a clean sheet, and is keen to build on an impressive, if quiet, return to the St. Mary’s.

Forster said:

“It’s been a strange few years, it’s been a tough few years”

“Obviously it’s a club I love a lot. I had some fantastic times here in the past and I’ve always been keen to come back and try and play here.

“That’s all I wanted to do in the summer. I wanted to come back and give it a go and everyone’s been fantastic with me since I’ve been back.

“But obviously the team has been doing well and [Alex McCarthy]’s been doing well so it’s just important I can help the team and the club in any way I can.”

 

Brown and Forster celebrate Celtic’s away win over Lazio / (Photo by Silvia Lore/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic hero Fraser Forster not coming back any time soon

It seemed unlikely that Fraser Forster was going to come back to Celtic. Any vague notions of that happening were dispelled for good with these latest comments.

The Hexham-born shot stopper initially joined Southampton in 2014, for £11.25m (Transfermarkt). Initially featuring on a weekly basis for the south coast side, the goalie found himself out of favour under Ralph Hasenhüttl, and joined Celtic for a loan in 19-20.

His heroics in the Europa League and Betfred Cup Final were particular highlights, and Neil Lennon hoped that Forster’s stay would be a permanent one.

However, with Forster making inroads at his parent club, Celtic must look elsewhere if they want to sign another goalkeeper.

Vasilis Barkas joined for £4.5m in the summer (BBC), but hasn’t been impressive for the Bhoys. His place in the team has been nowhere near secure, with Scott Bain and Conor Hazard both making appearances for Celtic in 20-21.