Former Celtic hero gets the last laugh after hostile return to Scotland

By Dave Flanigan

July 24, 2022

Former Celtic hero Fraser Forster laughed off a hostile Rangers reception yesterday as the Englishman helped Tottenham Hotspur secure a 2-1 friendly win at Ibrox.

The ex-Celtic keeper joined the Lilywhites in the summer after eight years at Southampton, with a brief return to Glasgow intersecting his time on the south coast.

As reported by The Daily Record, Forster came on as a second-half substitute to a raft of boos from the home crowd, but the towering Englishman helped Spurs see out the game to secure the Walter Tull Memorial Cup.

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Spurs were already 2-1 up in the match following a Harry Kane brace after half-time, cancelling out Antonio Colak’s first-half opener.

The Englishman enjoyed two trophy-laden spells in Glasgow, so getting one over on Celtic’s city rivals will have been a familiar feeling.

Initially joining Celtic on loan from Newcastle in 2010, Forster became one of Celtic’s greatest goalkeepers of the modern era before his move to Southampton in 2014, returning on loan for the 2019-20 season which was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although he became iconic in his first spell for his Barcelona heroics in the 2012-13 Champions League campaign, leading to the moniker “La Gran Muralla” – The Great Wall – after back to back man of the match displays against the Catalans, it was a Glasgow derby that defined his second.

Forster’s performance in the 2019-20 Premier Sports Cup Final is already the stuff of folklore, as the former England international repeatedly denied Rangers, including saving an Alfredo Morelos penalty, as Celtic held on to win a 10th successive domestic trophy.

Despite him choosing not to make his loan spell return permanent, Forster’s consistently excellent performances in green and white have ensured that he’ll always be well thought of by the Paradise faithful.

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