We wrote last night that we’d be surprised if Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster was sent out on loan again to Celtic.
Fraser Forster – on loan to Celtic again
But that’s what’s happened and Celtic have signed goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan again for the season.
It’s surprising because Alan Pardew was not complimentary about the standards of the SPL, when he talked last May, and it seemed likely he would be loaned out to an English club this season.
The loan follows Fraser’s failure to win the Newcastle number one jersey, and that will be fought out between 36 year-old veteran Steve Harper, and Dutch International Tin Krul, with the 23 year-old seeming to have the edge.
The 23-year-old Forster will now spend a second season in succession at Celtic, where he played 44 times last season on loan.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon told the Celtic web-site today:
“We’re absolutely delighted as he’s been our main target, basically, since the end of last season.”
“We’ve worked hard in the background to try and bring him in and we’ve eventually done that so we’re very, very pleased.”
“It’s given myself a boost and it’s given the squad a huge boost as well as we’ve now got three very, very good goalkeepers, so there’s great competition in that area, which is what we wanted all along.”
“I felt we’d always get a keeper. Fraser was the one who was top of the list but there were other options that we could have gone for but we’re thrilled that he’s here now.”
Lennon has been looking for a top goalkeeper to add to his goalkeeper contingent of Lukasz Zaluska and Dominic Cervi all summer, with Forster being the number one target.
Celtic play a Europa League play-off first leg against Swiss side Sion at Parkhead tomorrow night, and Neil hopes to register Fraser so he can play in that game:
“We hope to have him registered in time for tomorrow night.”
But with Zaluska showing good form in the Celtic goal, it’s not certain that Fraser will move straight into the goalkeeper spot tomorrow night, although Forster was number one all through last season.
Lennon was asked if Forster will play tomorrow evening:
“We will have to see his condition.” “The form of Lukasz has been very good so we will weigh these things up.”
“But it has given myself and the squad a boost.” “We have three very good goalkeepers so there is great competition in that area which is what we wanted.”
We’re not sure what will happen at the end of this season with Forster, but a season is a very long time in football, and it will largely depend on the form the 6’7″ Forster shows at Celtic.
Newcastle also have another promising goalkeeper in 18 year-old Jak Alnick, who played for England in the U20 World Championships in Columbia earlier this month.