Report: Celtic boosted in pursuit of Forster; club may sign David Marshall as well

By John McGinley

July 14, 2020

Celtic have been given hope in the quest to sign Fraser Forster as a competitor for his signature moves on to another target, The Daily Record reports.

It’s said that Premier League side Chelsea have been keen on making a move for the former England international but that they are now set to focus their entire efforts on a deal for Jan Oblak.

They are hoping to drive down the price on the Atletico Madrid man and keep Kepa Arrizabalaga at the club, the paper states.

That obviously leaves little room for Forster, who will surely be looking for regular first-team football wherever he ends up.

The report explains that Celtic are also considering signing two goalkeepers this summer, potentially giving Forster more time to make a decision on another loan move.

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The 32-year-old is looking for a permanent switch but the Hoops had already agreed on a deal with Southampton that would see him move on a temporary basis for another season.

The Record believes that the Hoops may even sign one of their other goalkeeping targets, such as David Marshall, first and then wait on Forster’s final decision.

Marshall is of course well acquainted with life at Celtic and has also worked with coach Stevie Woods at international level.

It was reported over the weekend that Wigan may even be open to letting Marshall move elsewhere for free.

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

Right now Lennon can call upon Scott Bain but only has the inexperienced Connor Hazard and Ross Doohan in reserve.

That’s not a great situation heading into the start of the league season, especially as Bain had a significant thumb injury problem last season.

Action needs to be taken to bolster the position now, even if there is an intention to sign Forster further down the line.

In other news, the Scottish FA have taken disciplinary action against Hearts and Partick Thistle after their court action.