Newcastle Goalkeeper Moves To Celtic


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.

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28 comments so far

  • NUFC New Boy

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • nick_9

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #2

    very quick when it comes to seeing players go out the door, there’s not being a pushover in the market and then there’s being a complete tight barsteward

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  • ToonLegend

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Seems strange loaning Forster back to celtic esp after Pardew slated the qualoty north of the border
    even more strange that theres a buy out clause at end of it

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  • solano

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Well, FF got his desired move to a “Big Club”….we were once ya knaa?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #5

    This Just In : ..Listen Again?????

    Gadgie on Radio Newcastle tonight, as studio guest representing Newcastle supporters said, we are after a big name player and he was sworn to secrecy..He was told this yesterday..Players name etc , its a biggie , Pridey asked him who it was and he repeated he was sworn to secrecy ..From What I could gather it was a striker and a big name.

    Shefki Kookie Anyone HAHAH ! ..

    Ashley is making us a laughing stock!

    No Top Striker in and we have had the CASH and seven! months to get one .

    NO Fookin Left Back and the whole football world knew Enrique was going to Liverpool. So did Pardew.despite what he kept repeating (” I really want Jose to stay whinge, Lie, whinge”).So we have had at least half a year to bring in a fullback !

    Why Oh Why cant Ashley b
    uy us a little piddling striker of note with just a measly third of what we have got in the Transfer Kitty …£39 million and counting !!
    £10 million and we would still be quids in and have some sort of chance this season .

    Iv had enough…..

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  • Mac

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #6

    F it was gonna have a quiet night but soo annoyed at the lack of transfer activity i have oprned the wine. However on a goodnot my bet fair account is absolutely bulging

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #7

    This Just In : ..Listen Again?????

    Gadgie on Radio Newcastle tonight, as studio guest representing Newcastle supporters said, we are after a big name player and he was sworn to secrecy..He was told this yesterday..Players name etc , its a biggie , Pridey asked him who it was and he repeated he was sworn to secrecy ..From What I could gather it was a striker and a big name.

    Shefki Kookie Anyone HAHAH ! ..

    Ashley is making us a laughing stock!

    No Top Striker in and we have had the CASH and seven! months to get one .

    NO Left Back and the whole football world knew Enrique was going to Liverpool. So did Pardew.despite what he kept repeating (” I really want Jose to stay whinge, Lie, whinge”).So we have had at least half a year to bring in a fullback !

    Why Oh Why cant Ashley b
    uy us a little piddling striker of note with just a measly third of what we have got in the Transfer Kitty …£39 million and counting !!
    £10 million and we would still be quids in and have some sort of chance this season .

    Iv had enough…..

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #8

    hes a dodgy keeper , celtic are the best team 4 him , lets hope mr krul has a solid season , hes coming on leaps and bounds 4 us . where the feck is our signings this week??? im sick of waiting , we have shola AGAIN upfront for us on sat 🙁 , mind you he goes nuts against the mackems 🙂 no left back bought 4 the derby scares me tho , i have bad feelings 4 this game

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  • solano

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Bob Monkhouse!

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  • ToonLegend

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #10

    ganna be interesting on saturday if we win no chance of anyone signing
    if we lose there’s ganna be a lynch mob

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #11

    online guy its had me in a bad mood all day m8 , the club is a joke

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  • solano

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Online Guy…..spoke to them lads from MAOC tonight and am gonna go along and join them in their campaign…..something has to be done to get rid of MA…we are officially the tightest club in the Prem…and have been overtaken by the Stoke’s of this world..unforgivable!

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Same here. Sick to the back teeth!

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  • Mac

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #14

    we are not the tightest club in the prem. Everton haven’t bought anyone.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #15

    WTF!! we get rid of a keeper with bags of talent yeah few errors against leeds and yearn a lb and striker and get a 25 year old keeper from charlton !!!! what the hell is going on!!

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  • solano

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Mac….bottom of the investment league since 2006…it’s official! Swansea City have spent more than us over a 5 year average! Incredible but true – and they were in the lower division (s) all that time!

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  • solano

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #17
  • Situs Toilet Seat

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #18

    @ONLINE GUY

    Was the bloke on the radio serious or taking the piss????

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  • PortsladeToon

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #19

    MAL@ 12

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #20

    ?
    PortsladeToon @15

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #21

    I can’t understand why the hell we would need another goalkeeper ?????? we have Krul Harper and Söderberg ?? Söderberg is also a good goalkeeper I remeber two years ago when the experts in sweden thought Söderberg would be the new swedish #1 goalkeeper in about 4 years time….

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  • PortsladeToon

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Mal@12, forster is hardly the next england keeper infact i doubt he would ever make the bench for england. he’s fine as long as the ball is hand height of above, but anything below he is miles too slow or has the david james butter touch, not solid enough

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #23

    i’m still trying to understand what your point is ?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Nicky Maynard would be a better signing than Maiga plus Maynard is more what we need small very very quick and hell of a finisher and only 24

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #25

    We need 3 keepers but we don’t need a single left back. Carry on owning a football club starring Mike Ashley…

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  • kingkev9

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Maynard is a championship striker.

    Felipe, Rotonda, all Ashley apologists: where is the money!? Another profit made.

    A 25 year old Charlton reject signing!? That’s the loyal and reliable Harper gone after nearly 20 years at club.

    Funny how one by one last years players committee is going, anything to do with supporting Hughton? Hmmmm.

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #27

    #NUFC.com reporting that we’re about to sign Charlton Athletic’s 25 year old goalkeeper Rob Elliot. #NUFC #fb

    Great,i love to see our club has its priories in order…not.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Situs Toilet Seat

    he was telling the truth mate ..listen again on bbc radio newcastle

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