Fraser Forster Celtic snub looks set to come back and haunt him as report emerges

By David Walton

November 12, 2021

Fraser Forster is expected to leave Southampton for nothing in the summer after dropping down the pecking order, according to the Daily Mail.

Forster made the decision to snub what would’ve been a huge return to Celtic back in the summer of 2020. It was a major blow to our 10-in-a-row hopes as Vasilis Barkas arrived and proved to be a failure.

The decision was made due to the fact Forster wanted to give it another crack at St Mary’s under Ralph Hasenhuttl [BBC]. It was a major disappointment at the time given Celtic had helped to revive his career during the 2019/20 campaign.

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Unfortunately for Forster, he never managed to solidify himself as the number one option. Instead, Hasenhuttl has stuck his faith in Alex McCarthy.

The Daily Mail reports that Southampton are close to tying McCarthy down on a new contract. This comes after he won the battle for top spot against Forster during the second half of last season. Fraser, however, is set to be without a club as his contract nears its end.

Celtic solved their goalkeeping issue out in the summer when they managed to secure Joe Hart from Tottenham Hotspur.

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It never once looked like the right decision from Fraser to stay down south. That he didn’t want to take part in the 10-in-a-row season was disappointing from an ambition perspective. He knew what last season meant to us and didn’t fancy it – it was poor if we’re being honest.

What was seriously frustrating about it all was the noises Forster was making about a permanent switch during the 2019/20 campaign. He consistently stated that he could never tell Celtic no [The Herald]. Only to then betray us that summer.

There may be some that say we should move for Forster next summer then. That it would be stupid not to try and add to our goalkeeping ranks with a stopper of his quality. But let’s get real, he shouldn’t be given the opportunity whatsoever. We aren’t available to sign up for whenever EPL players feel like it.

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Besides, Forster’s loss has been Hart’s gain. Neither one of the duo would accept being second-choice at Parkhead. Hart has put his faith in Celtic just as we have in him. That’s a commitment we should be sticking by.

Forster will likely bag another decent English club move if he decides to stay in his homeland. Whether that’ll be an EPL club, however, is unclear.

Given how things have gone at Southampton since snubbing Celtic though? He almost certainly wouldn’t make the same mistake if he could go back in time.

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