Fraser Forster Itching For Move To Celtic?

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has made it clear to everybody who will listen, that after two season of first team football at Norwich City and Celtic, he has no thoughts of sitting on the bench anytime soon.

Fraser Forster – enjoys playing at Celtic

That seems a veiled communication to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew that his plan to choose between Fraser Forster and Tim Krul as to which one will be Steve Harper’s backup at Newcastle next season, and to sell the other goalkeeper in the summer, might now work.

Well not if Fraser is not the one who is sold.

It seems that if indeed Alan wants Fraser to stay at Newcastle next season, and back up Harper, that’s not exactly what the Hexham-born goalkeeper sees as his future.

Forster has made 30 Celtic appearances this season and 76 first team appearances over the last two seasons, when he was at Norwich and briefly at Bristol Rovers, and to be fair to Fraser, it would be very difficult for him to now go and sit on the bench somewhere.

He’s good enough to play first team football at either Norwich or Celtic, or a bunch of other clubs for that matter, and like any honest player he just wants to play every weekend – and you cannot find much fault with that.

Fraser gained promotion to the Championship last season with Norwich City, who wanted him to stay at Norwich for this season in the Championship, and the Canaries are handily positioned in second place behind QPR.

And with Celtic top of the Scottish Premier League, Fraser could collect even more trophies this season north of the border, and probably will.

The Scottish Premier League is hardly one of the top leagues in Europe, but if you play for Rangers or Celtic you get into the European Champions League every season, so you always have European Football, and that’s a draw to players.

This is what the 6’7″ Newcastle goalkeeper told the Scottish Sun:

“I just want to be out playing first-team football week in, week out.” “I’ll just have to put in good performances and work hard at training and see where it takes me.”

“Celtic’s a fantastic club, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m still Newcastle’s player so let’s wait until the summer and find what it brings.”

“Neil Lennon’s been brilliant for me and I’ll always be grateful for that. He’s a top manager and I want to do well for him.”

If Alan is serious when he says he wants to unload one of our young goalkeepers,  it seems odds-on it will be Fraser, and to Celtic too.

But Fraser is also very professional, and knows the decision is not exactly in his own hands completely, but we think he’s already made it clear that he wants to play regularly, and would be unhappy at being Steve’s backup next season, and not playing much.

The only way that could change is if Fraser becomes the Newcastle number one in the summer, and that has to be a long shot, with Steve Harper so safe and experienced in the Newcastle goal, over the last couple of seasons.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    celtic have no money – and few players of PL class to offer in exchange

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    scottish football is in a mess – no one will sign a goalie for more than £1m let alone pay PL wages – this will not happen

  • DrunkenSteve

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    I have heard (someone spoke to Harps) that Frazer will return to Newcastle to be the number 1 keeper next season – apparently Harper is already resigned to the fact and Tim Krul will be sold.

    (I am bracing myself now for CAPS LOCK YOUR WRONG) ha ha

  • Stuart

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I wouldnt say you’re wrong DrunkenSteve but I think thats very unlikely.

    Well, not Tim Krul being sold, I reckon theres a chance of that, after the remarks AP has made about him.

    But I reckon Harper will get at least 1 more season as number 1 yet before he is replaced.

    If you’re right though it can’t be too bad, we’ll have a twice league winning keeper between the sticks providing Celtic win the league this season.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    The solution is simple. Put both Harper and Forster in goal and play 4-3-2. Loads of clean sheets.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Agreed Stuart the pediree of having the winning mentality/experience is invalueble.

    Nowt against Krul but it would be nice to think that we will keep hold of some of the local lads.

  • AndyE93

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    If we are going to lose Jose then i wouldn’t mind losing FF as part of a swap deal for Celtic’s lb Izaguirre. V good player, much like Jose in his play. Would probably cost about 1.5m on top of FF but would be a good deal for us.

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Forster out on loan again to celtic, let harper have a season or two more then make forster number 1, already a top keeper and rightly shouldnt be second fiddle so him on loan to get more experience is the answer. main thing is we shouldnt sell him as he is the future

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    A straight trade for Emilio Izaguirre, to replace our want away Enrique.
    A pacey attacking Honduran LB 25 year old being monitored by Arsenal, Man. U. & others.
    Possibly as good if not better than Enrique.

  • murrayno6

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Haha you deluded numptys. Celtic have no money? I beg to differ, remember you are the club that can’t find a buyer!!! Celtic run at a profit more seasons than not.

    Forster is average, but competent. £1.5m plus Forster for Izaguirre? If Izzy is going anywhere it will be for 6m+.

    Keep supporting your diddy team, you might make a profit this year after selling your gypsy god!

  • AndyE93

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Chuck I think that we would need to offer more than just FF due to the fact that he has been linked with Top clubs like Man U and Arsenal. Even saw a link with Barca! Seems to be getting linked with pretty much the same people as Enrique

  • gorskino10

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    He is English we dont want to loose English talent i would keep him tbh i dont think Harper will go on you can tell his reactions are getting slower and slower and its only a matter of time, If we had to sell either Krul or Forster i would put a buy back clause in his contract at the same price or a few hundred grand more than they bought him for so worse comes to the worst we can buy him back 🙂

  • Davies

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Emilio Izaguirre would be awesome, but with the likes of Man U, Arsenal and some European clubs circling, I don’t reckon he’ll be coming our way. Shame. He’d soften the blow of Enrique going.

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Murray you support celtic best team in the spl. bit like having the biggest turd in an open sewer. congrats

  • carlton nufc

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Has any1 herd we put abut back clause in carrolls contract for 36 million and that is only if we sign him back with 2 seasons

  • carlton nufc

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    A buy

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Look, Fraser did a year at Norwich in League 1, moved on to SPL this year. Next year loan him to a better Championship squad. With all that continuing progress he may be ready to take on the NUFC job the following year.

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Erm ! no they dont usually run at a profit, not for years and earnings are shrinking from lack of progress in european tournaments.
    Mainly through lack of money generated by a rapidly declining mickey-mouse league.
    Both so called old firm clubs only hope for survival was a bid to join one of the English divisions.
    But apparently their history of both racism and sectarianism proved to be a stumbling block, no clubs willing to deal with the behavior associated with either side.
    Ah well !

  • AndyMac

    Mar 15, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #19

    “Celtic’s bank debt increases to £9m”

    I think Mr Murray needs to look again at the latest figures. OK in the full year they may pull back some of that debt but losing out to Braga and Utrecht ended any hopes of additional revenues from TV and merchandising.

    Playing in front of Celtics fans every week should help to acclimatise young Forster and we shouldnt be too hasty on the bloke for wanting regular football but he needs to understand that the Premiership is more than a step up from Scottish football.

    If he desont recognise that now he’d better learn quickly.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Like KRUL very much as a keeper and will be a great keeper,probably end up at Man Utd and win trophies.
    Thing is he wont win them here 🙁
    Fraser is much biger in size and will also be a great keeper….i would keep Fraser

  • Reacher

    Mar 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Just had a look at what the consensus is among Celtic supporters;

    Seems that many aren’t bothered either way if they sign Forster, and that he has some way to go in his development, particularly where kicking is concerned.

    Think I’ve made this point before but I was really disappointed with Krul when he came in as cover for Harper. I thought that would be it, Krul will now cement his place as our first choice keeper, and I think he did too. He was shaky, especially on set-pieces. Sure, there’s no doubting his shot stopping ability (Nasri, at the Emirates for example), but he didn’t do himself justice where the rest of his game is concerned.


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