Report: Celtic-linked Ben Foster wants to see out Watford contract
Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster wants to see out his contract amid Celtic links, according to the Daily Record.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Hoops were interested in a move for the former England international. Foster has fallen out of favour with the Championship club and is behind Daniel Bachman in the pecking order.
However, his long-term plans could prove to be a problem for Celtic. The Record reports that he plans to see out the final year of his Watford deal before retiring in the United States.
The report states that Celtic are hoping the lure of first-team football could persuade Foster to change his mind.
We spoke earlier this morning about how the goalkeeper labelled Parkhead the greatest atmosphere he’s ever experienced.
Could reported Celtic interest make Ben Foster rethink Watford future
What’s worth remembering here is that this is likely to be a pre-determined plan from Foster. A plan drawn up before Celtic’s potential interest ever came into the equation.
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If the Hoops are willing to offer the Englishman first-team football, it gives him a massive opportunity. Yes, he’s made over 360 EPL appearances and has a handful of England caps to his name [Transfermarkt]. But Celtic would be offering him things he’s seldom experienced.
In his career, he’s only managed three Champions League appearances. Outside of that, he’s never played in Europe. Celtic consistently make group stage football of European competition, albeit more often than not Europa League.
Foster is also a two-time title winner with Manchester United. Throw three League Cups in and that’s his whack. At Celtic he’ll get the chance to seriously add to his medal collection. In addition to that, if he’s number one, he’ll have the chance to be a key part of any success too – something that couldn’t be said for his time at Man Utd.
So this is something to consider for Foster. If Celtic come calling on him instead of Joe Hart, he may want to rethink his short-term and long-term plan.
For now, however, it remains only speculation.