Forster eyeing a permanent move to Celtic?

Posted on May 17th, 2011 | 5 Comments |

Fraser Forster, Newcastle goalkeeper currently on loan to Celtic.
Celtic or Newcastle?
Loaned out Newcastle United keeper Fraser Forster seems happy at Celtic.

23-year old keeper Fraser Forster has of course been loaned out to Celtic for the season, but he’s still a Newcastle player and will be returning to the club in July for the pre-season tour of the States, which will give Alan Pardew a chance to get a closer look at him.

Being allergic to Scottish football I haven’t closely followed how he’s done at Celtic, but judging by the fact that he broke Celtic’s clean-sheet record (23 clean sheets in 36 matches) it’s safe to assume he’s done pretty well.

With Harper, Krul and Soderberg also in the squad we’re fairly well-stocked with decent goalkeepers, so Forster could find himself loaned out again – or possibly even sold – next season.

Talking about his time at Celtic, Forster said:

Celtic’s a fantastic club with a fantastic history and with the chance to go and play in Europe.

This is a chance to go and win stuff.

So there’s a lot of positives about this club, it’s definitely a team on the up.

The manager’s been brilliant and everyone in the place is all pushing in the same direction.

But I’m a Newcastle player at the end of the day.

So I’ll just see what happens.

It sounds like the 6ft 7in keeper is enjoying his time at Celtic and I don’t think it’s too far off the mark to read into those comments that he might like to continue playing for the Scottish club.

It would be interesting to see how he compares with Harper and Krull though, which I expect is what Pardew will want to find out in the summer.

Pardew has been fairly non-committal on Forster’s future, merely saying:

I haven’t spoken to Fraser yet but we will focus on the end of the season here and work that out in pre-season.

Whether or not Forster figures in Pardew’s plans for the club’s future remains to be seen.

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5 Responses

  1. I know thios is off thread but I sincerely hope that what I have just read regarding Carlton Cole is just a hack spouting more 8ollik5. Somehow you just know it,s not. If this is Pardews way of taking the club forward,then my 4rse is a daffodil.

  2. carlton cole would be a massive backwards step!!
    if AP is in tune with toon fans then he would realize this!!
    Demba Ba is only striker worth taking from WHU!!

  3. Good point Jettson. He looked very sharp the other day in taking his goals,. maybe a good addition.

  4. With regard to young Foster, I think there must be a little more to this situation than meets the eye. perhaps I,m a bit of a conspiracy theorist, but why is pardew looking around for a keeper . Perhaps we don,t know the real reason why Frazer went to The Hoops in the first place. He seems to be a very able keeper as his clean sheet tally would suggest so why is he not invited to make a start at the Toon. Food for thought eh. Good fortune against the Baggies next week and I hope 5under1and get 5hagged again just to round off a great season for the great unwashed. HWTL.

  5. I think Forster was, perhaps, too good to be our 3rd string. I haven’t seen much of him, but if he’s first choice at Celtic we shouldn’t stand in his way. Maybe a buy back clause could be stipulated in case he turns into Van Der Sar, but it’s a bit unfair to divide his loyalties any further. We could probably get the best possible fee now that he is their established #1.