Fraser Forster identifies key aspect of Celtic career that will help at Tottenham

By David Walton

June 15, 2022

Former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster believes his experience of playing Champions League football at Parkhead can help him deliver success at Tottenham Hotspur.

Forster has signed for the North London club on a free after his deal with Southampton came to an end. It comes after 2 spells at Celtic Park in which the Englishman managed to rack up 51 European outings both in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

Spurs will also be in the UCL along with Celtic this season and that could set up a mouth-watering clash between the two in the group stages. Granted, it’s highly likely captain Hugo Lloris will continue to be Spurs’ number 1.

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But even so, Forster will have a role to play, and he believes his experience at Celtic Park can prove beneficial in his new gig.

As quoted by the official Tottenham Hotspur website, Forster said: “I’m sure it will be fairly straight forward for me from the moment I get in the door. Everyone speaks so highly about the group and how good a group it is, so I can’t wait to be part of that, getting the opportunity to work with a world-class manager, learning how and what he demands from his players… if you’ve got a full pre-season, you’ve got a lot of time to do that and then you’re able to hit the ground running.

“Hugo is a fantastic goalkeeper who has achieved so much in the game. It’s up to me to come in, to work hard and bring my qualities to the group. I’ve plenty of experience, played a lot of European football when I was up at Celtic and, being one of the older ones, I can bring that experience with me, work hard, look to improve, and help the team and the squad.”

Fraser Forster can take plenty from Celtic experience ahead of Spurs career

it’s not overly surprising to see Forster bag a move of this calibre. He’s been a stalwart for Southampton over the years in addition to what he achieved at Celtic Park. It was only a matter of time before he bagged a move to one of the EPL’s top clubs.

However, game-time will likely be limited. He’s not only up against the current France number 1 but also the Tottenham Hotspur captain. From the outside, it looks as though Fraser is going to have to settle for a bit-part role.

Current Celtic number 1 Joe Hart had a similar gig during his time with the North London club before his move to Paradise. However, Forster will be hoping that there are opportunities there for him to seize at some stage next season.

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Forster saved his best form for the Hoops when it came to the European stage. And in a sense he’s right in how that can help him with the youngsters in particular. But it’s difficult to see Lloris being dropped for any UCL matches in the near-future.

Hopefully Fraser is given his opportunity to shine. He’s more than capable of being a future Tottenham Hotspur number 1 should Antonio Conte actually invest his faith in him.

All the best to him ahead of what’s no doubt an exciting project for the former Celtic man. He certainly has the capabilities to make a success of it.

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