Report: Fraser Forster set to become Tottenham Hotspur back-up; Joe Hart Celtic role reversal

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking to ‘wrap up’ a deal to sign former Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster.

The 34-year old, who has had four separate spells at Celtic, is set to bring his eight-year stay with current side Southampton to an end this summer.

With his contract coming to an end, Tottenham are reportedly attempting to complete a deal that would see Forster join the North London side.

According to journalist Tom Barclay, Forster’s future is almost certainly away from St Mary’s, and Tottenham could soon wrap up a deal for the Englishman.

Forster enjoyed a successful time in Glasgow with Celtic, winning seven trophies at Parkhead under ex-boss Neil Lennon.

His first two seasons at the club were as a loan player before joining on a permanent basis in 2012.

Remaining at Celtic kickstarted the shot-stopper’s career, earning a move down south to join Southampton and going on to make appearances on the international stage.

However, after his time at the Saints stagnated, Forster made on final return to Celtic in the 2019/20 season, where he was a success for the Hoops once again.

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The goalkeeper played a key part in Lennon’s treble-winning side, arguably winning the league cup final in 2018 almost single-handedly with his performance.

After his third loan spell, there was an expectancy that Forster would return to the club. But, the player ultimately decided to return to Southampton and fight for a first-team place.

In his final two years there, Forster has made 37 appearances in total, and he will now move on to the next stage of his career.

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Roles reversed for Forster and Joe Hart

It is a big move for the goalkeeper, joining a Champions League team ahead of next season.

However, it is highly likely he will be going there as second choice keeper for Antonio Conte’s side behind Hugo Lloris.

Looking back just 12 months, that was precisely the place that current Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart found himself in before joining the Hoops.

The former England number one was in inspired form at Parkhead, helping the side to a league and cup double. Of course, he will also have Champions League football of his own going into next season.

It is crazy to think how the fortunes of both Forster and Hart have changed in just a few years.

I am sure the Celtic support are delighted with who they have between the sticks at the moment, with Hart becoming a fan’s favourite at the club.

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