There is news in Scotland today, that Glasgow Celtic will sign Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a season-long loan deal -again.
Fraser Forster – on loan again to Celtic?
Celtic had tried to sign 23 year-old Forster from Newcastle in the summer, but each time Newcastle boss Alan Pardew turned down the Celtic offer, the last one being around £2M.
We’d be surprised if this news is true, since Alan Pardew let it be known in the summer that he didn’t think too much of the standard of the Scottish Premier League.
And of course Fraser doesn’t get too much to do either, in a side that is either first or second every season in the SPL, which is basically composed of two good teams – Rangers and Celtic.
It looks like 23 year-old Dutch International Tim Krul will be the new Newcastle number one goalkeeper this season, and Newcastle also have veteran 36 year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper, so it seems that Fraser is dispensable, at least for next season.
Celtic are not able to afford Forster’s wages, if he moved permanently to Celtic, but they can afford a loan deal.
Celtic have also looked at buying Sunderland Reserve goalkeeper Craig Gordon and Manchester United Reserve goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, just in case the Forster deal falls through.
Fraser has still to make his Newcastle debut in a competitive game.
The news is that Celtic are confident they can secure the loan deal for the 6’7″ Newcastle goalkeeper, so we’ll not have to wait too long to see if that is true.