Fraser Forster’s form at Celtic has been impressing sections of the support to say the least.
Celtic made it six wins out of six against Kilmarnock yesterday afternoon. Our 100% start to the Premiership campaign sees us sit three points clear of our rivals. It was, to be frank, a huge win against the Ayrshire side, who are seeing shoots of promise under new manager Angelo Alessio.
But it could’ve been a whole lot closer had it not been for the on-loan Southampton star. Forster denied Killie’s Alan Power from the penalty spot, and once again looked assured in another impressive 90 minutes.
There’s no denying that big Fraser deserves more than the two clean sheets out of five that he’s managed, and supporters are clearly delighted with what the big man has been producing.
And That is why Forster is better than any other Goal keeper at celtic
— 🏴me 🇮🇪.🦇 (@Albagubrath71) September 22, 2019
— Jason Sloan (@jasonrsloan) September 22, 2019
Don't know why we're so bothered about climate change, Fraser Forster will save the planet. https://t.co/P0sBwzHT2T
— Celtic F1rst (@CelticF1rst) September 22, 2019
forster has been back 5 games and he's probs saved more penalties than any of the celtic keepers have since he left 5 year ago😂😂
— Jaimey Maloney (@jaimey_maloney) September 22, 2019
Forster should be in line to play for England n that’s no me being a Celtic da he is as good as the rest of the English goalies at least
— RK-Bolingoli (@Ry_Kingxo) September 22, 2019
Big man strolled it today. Honestly didn’t think we had a bad player on the pitch. Knew Forster would save the pen. Great to have faith in a Celtic keeper👍
— Celtic Da (@Just4laffs123) September 22, 2019
Forster really is top quality and the team feel assured…. start negotiating to keep him @CelticFC
— Katrina💚🍀🏆🏆🏆 (@LiveLoveCeltic) September 22, 2019
Forster brings his penalties saved stats to 13 out of 34 in his career. 9 of his penalty saves have come at Celtic.
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) September 22, 2019
Is keeping Forster a possibility?
Forster was so out of the picture at Southampton that it’s not inconceivable we sign him up permanently. He only played once last season, and more often than not didn’t even manage matchday squads.
At the moment, Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn appear to be ahead of big Fraser down south. For a player as talented as him, you couldn’t imagine the big shot-stopper wanting to stay there with such minimal game-time.
As it stands, his contract down south ends in 2022 (Transfermarkt). By the end of the season, that’s still a further two years remaining on his deal.
Southampton signed Forster from Celtic for a reported £10million (The Guardian). That’s worth remembering. With such security on his contract for the time being, they won’t be accepting pennies for him.
Added to that, they’ll know how much Celtic value him. Whether they’re prepared to make a loss remains to be seen. However, unfortunately, Saints hold all the cards. And it’s also not out of the equation that they become impressed with him once again if he has a good spell here.
For now, it’s important to just concentrate on the current campaign. And from a Celtic perspectively, we can count ourselves fortunate to have Forster tied up for the year.