Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas reckons the club should look to seal a return for Fraser Forster this summer.
The Hoops may be in the market for a new shot-stopper after it was revealed Scott Bain faces two months out with a hand injury. Prior to the 27-year-old’s injury he wasn’t one of the most popular of players in the East End of Glasgow with many fans calling for Craig Gordon to be thrust back into the starting line-up.
But former Hoops keeper Douglas thinks the club should look to recruit England cap Forster.
“I don’t think Neil will be looking in Scotland for a new goalie,” Douglas told the Dundee Courier prior to the news of Bain’s injury. “He’ll be looking down south.
“Fraser Forster is the obvious one.
“He was brilliant in his first spell at Celtic Park and went for big money but I don’t think he’s even Southampton’s number two these days.
“If Fraser is like me, he’d want to get out and play again rather than count his money sitting in a stand or on a bench.
“Keeping the ball out of the net is more important than how you can pass a ball as far as I’m concerned, and Fraser is one of the best at that.”
Are there any keepers in Scotland worth buying?
Douglas was very quick to slam the standard of goalkeeper in Scotland, clearly thinking that the Hoops are better to shop down south. But surely there are at least one or two goalies in the Premiership who could make the jump.
We’ve signed plenty of keepers from the Scottish top-flight in the past. Douglas himself was brought in from Dundee. As was Bain. Mark Brown, Javier Sanchez Broto are two more. Allright they haven’t all worked out, but surely it’s worth a look.
If Celtic were casting an eye over the Premiership’s keepers then the top one they’d find would probably be Joe Lewis.
The Englishman is entering his fourth season as Aberdeen goalkeeper and has been pretty consistent throughout his time in the north-east. He’s decent enough with his feet but his real ability is shown in his reflexes. That’s something Bain could perhaps be criticised for.
Ofir Marciano is a keeper that Neil Lennon knows well from his time at Hibs. He’s another who specialises in making spectacular stops, although he is prone to the odd error.