Some news about Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster caught the eye of Celtic fans on Thursday evening. A Tweet by Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph disclosed that Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has decided on Alex McCarthy as his number one goalkeeper for the coming season, and that Forster or Angus Gunn will be loaned out.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Alex McCarthy will remain the No1 Saints keeper despite Fraser Forster returning from his Celtic loan.
He added that Forster or Angus Gunn will be loaned out this season.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) September 10, 2020
Of course, as everyone knows, Forster spent last season on loan at Celtic, and turned in a number of great performances.
Hoops had to move on
Forster was well on his way to winning a treble before the season was curtailed, and eventually he returned to Southampton.
Sadly, Forster decided in the close season not to return to Celtic. The Hoops quickly moved on, bringing in Vasilis Barkas. He is now firmly established as the number one goalkeeper at the club.
As for Forster, his future is once more uncertain. His prospects of first-team football look remote. However, there should be no regret on either side about Forster’s exit from Celtic.
His return to the club last season was massively beneficial for both parties. Forster got the regular football he had been looking for. Celtic got the return of a player who had been a huge success at the start of the nine in a row run.
Loan deal was a perfect match
It was a perfect match. Forster once more became a Celtic hero thanks to some stellar performances at home and in Europe.
However, the player can’t be blamed for wanting to try and make it in the Premier League. That was possibly the goal of the move for Forster in the first place.
Play well with Celtic, and try and make it at Southampton on the return. Unfortunately for Forster, that is not going to happen at the moment, and he may end up out on loan again, but obviously that won’t be at Celtic.
Both parties move on. Celtic have, and hopefully Forster gets a regular game on loan somewhere soon. He deserves that after his performances for the Hoops last season.