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Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was chased by Celtic for some time in the preseason. The goalkeeper was also linked to a return to the Glasgow club this month, as the Hoops have looked to fill the gap between the sticks since he left. However, his recent start and clean sheet against Liverpool meant that it seemed unlikely, before Forster put the last nail in Celtic’s transfer coffin today.
The former England international told the Daily echo : “They have been a strange few years, they have been a hard years Obviously it is a club that I love very much. I’ve had some fantastic times here in the past and I’ve always been looking forward to coming back and trying to play here.
“That’s all I wanted to do in the summer. I wanted to go back and give it a try and everyone has been great to me since I got back. But obviously the team has been doing well and Al has been doing well so it is important that he can help the team and the club in any way he can.
“I train hard, I work hard, I try to help the team in any way I can when I’m not playing. Obviously the team has had a fantastic start to the season and it is just one of them.
“You have to do what you can to help the club while you’re here and just do it week after week.
“You never know what’s going to happen, injuries happen and with COVID you can rule people out, so you have to be ready when you play.”
Forster enjoyed an exceptional loan period last season, in which Neil Lennon gave him the opportunity to play football for the first time, which was something the Englishman had been hungry for for years. He grabbed the headlines with superb saves and solo performances, ensuring Celtic beat Lazio, at home and away, and prevailed in a one-sided Old Firm League Cup final. Scottish fans absolutely adored him, but Forster’s ambition was in the Premier League and thus the Hoops didn’t get their man in the summer.
The goalkeeper position has been a big problem for Celtic this season, with Barkas, Bain and Hazard all with indifferent stints on the team. No one’s got to number one yet, but it certainly looks like any move by Forster is out of the question.