Our View: European heroics may impact Celtic chances of signing Forster

By John Reid

February 22, 2020

Fraser Forster is certainly the man when it comes to performing heroics for Celtic in Europe. If you look at his first spell at the club, he made himself into a legend with his display in the 2-1 win over Barcelona.

In his second spell that has continued, his two performances against Lazio in this season’s Europa League group stages were phenomenal.

He proved his worth in Europe again with a vital penalty save in the 1-1 draw against Copenhagen on Thursday. That save spared Celtic a defeat, and left the Hoops in a good position to make the last 16 of the tournament.

Made a career of big saves

Few Celtic fans would have been surprised that Forster made the save, he has made a career of it in both his spells at the club, and that is the measure of him as a goalkeeper.

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, there is potentially a downside to Forster’s brilliant performances. They could make Southampton more likely to give the player another chance to fight for his first-team place when his loan deal with Celtic expires at the end of the season.

It should be remembered that Forster hardly played a game in his last two seasons with the Saints. He played one first-team game last season, whilst in season 2017-18 he made only 21 appearances, a small number for a goalkeeper.

Career has been resurrected

Forster’s career has been resurrected at Celtic. He has been able to show people once again just how good a goalkeeper he can be.

You’ve got to think though, that Southampton have also been impressed with Forster, and could be willing to give him a second chance.

Celtic keeper Fraser Forster (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Should that happen, then the chances of Celtic signing Forster on a permanent contract would have to be remote.

However, that does not mean that the club shouldn’t try. As soon as the season is over, Celtic should make a bid for the player.

Even if it takes a club record fee to sign Forster, Celtic should go for it. He is that important a player to the club.

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