There’s talk again about Fraser Forster leaving Newcastle for Glasgow Celtic.
Fraser Forster – could join Celtic in the summer
It’s a strange position in the Scottish Premier League at the moment, because the usually two team league, could become a one team league shortly.
Rangers or Celtic have won the Scottish League since 1985-1986, after Alex Ferguson left Aberdeen to manage Manchester United.
And usually the other team has been runner up – but with Rangers going into bankruptcy, it may be a one club league for a couple of years, to allow Rangers to get back on their feet again, but maybe not.
Rangers have won the title 54 times, Celtic 43 times and the next teams on the list – Hearts, Aberdeen and Hibs have won it only four times – so it is a two team league.
There’s not much money in Scottish football these days, and it may be difficult for those teams in the future, but Celtic had offered £2M for Fraser Forster last summer, and Newcastle turned that deal down.
There’s no reason since then that Fraser Forster has become any cheaper, so we still think it will take more than £2M for Newcastle to let the Hexham-born keeper go.
However, there’s probably no future for Fraser at Newcastle now that Dutch International Tim Krul has become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, so it wouldn’t surprise us if Fraser leaves Newcastle in the summer.
That would leave Tim and Rob Elliot, and we think Steve Harper could probably go out on loan in the last year of his Newcastle contract.
This is what Celtic manager said at Rugby Park last weekend, after Celtic had won the title by beating Kilmarnock 6-0:
“The feeling he may have got on Saturday . . . I think it would be very difficult for him to leave here now. He is making all the right noises, so it is a case of getting things sorted out.”
Another option for Celtic is to bring in Sunderland’s Scottish International Craig Gordon, who is now the back-up at Sunderland, and will become a free agent in the summer.
Newcastle’s 18 year-old Jak Alnwick is a very good up and coming goalkeeper, but we still think cover is needed for Tim Krul, and we’re not convinced Rob Elliot is the answer.
So it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle bring in another goalkeeper next season, to challenge Rob for the backup position to Tim Krul.
And it could be that Alnwick is sent out on a season long loan deal to get some good experience.
But we think Fraser Forster’s time now at Newcastle is limited.
Fraser has played 43 times with 24 clean sheets and with last season he has made 87 appearances with 48 clean sheets for Glasgow Celtic.
He has never played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game.
What do you think?