Chris Sutton thinks David Marshall can be a 'safe bet' signing if Forster doesn't return to Celtic

By John McGinley

July 5, 2020

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has backed his ex-teammate David Marshall to be a ‘safe bet’ signing at the Hoops this summer, speaking to The Daily Record this weekend.

The Scottish champions are considering a number of goalkeeping targets this summer after attempts to bring Fraser Forster back to the club stalled last week.

Names such as Marshall and Joe Hart have been in the mix, alongside younger talents from abroad.

Sutton, of course, thinks Celtic should be prioritising the return of Forster.

However, in the event that doesn’t pan out the way everyone hopes, he reckons that Marshall should be favoured over Hart.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the outspoken pundit explained: “I don’t know if Lennon rates David Marshall or thinks he’s good enough to be his out-and-out No.1, but he’s the one that I would be looking at just now in terms of a safe bet.

“Is he as good as Forster? No. But he does have an awful lot going for him in terms of Celtic’s situation right now.

“By that I mean he knows the environment, he knows the pressures of playing for the club. He was doing it as a teenager in the team I played in alongside the likes of Henrik Larsson and Lennon himself.

“Marshall lost his spot to Boruc when Gordon Strachan arrived and didn’t reach massive heights in England. But the fact of the matter is that he’s the Scotland No.1 at the moment.”

Marshall has made over 400 appearances in the Premier League and Championship combined and although he never quite reached the pinnacle that Hart did, he has been playing regularly over the last few seasons.

Reported Celtic target David Marshall / (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

That’s in contrast to the former Manchester City man, who didn’t feature in over 18 months for Burnley prior to his exit this summer.

Should that put him further up the pecking order in terms of signing targets? Or do Celtic think they can work a bit of magic with Hart and revitalise his career?

As it stands, most fans will probably be hoping negotiations with Southampton can be kickstarted for the man we all want – last season’s number one.