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Lennon Looking To Reunite With This Premier League Defensive Ace: Good Option For Celtic?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

With just close to two weeks remaining in the transfer window, Celtic have a lot to do as they are short on options in various positions. They have been dealt a blow on the pitch as well as they recently crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers in the third round.

What has made matter worse is that goalkeeper Scott Bain has suffered a hand ligament damage which could see him miss two months of action (The Scottish Sun). He will soon undergo tests to determine the length of his absence.

Reports recently have emerged that Neil Lennon will now look to bring former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster back to the paradise. The colossus goalkeeper is behind the pecking order at Southampton and Lennon has identified him as the new goalkeeping option.

Forster was a big hit in goal for the Hoops and was a regular feature when Lennon was the manager. Therefore it is no surprise that the Celtic boss is again looking to get back his former goalkeeper. Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy are currently the first two choices for Ralph Hassenhuttl, and we think that a transfer for Forster could be very much on the cards.

A good option for Celtic?

Forster proved himself in the Premier League as well which earned him a national team call up for England. He made six appearances for the Three Lions, but now he is nowhere in the picture. The Englishman knows what it takes to succeed in the Premiership, and he was a big (quite literally) player for the club as he was part of the team that won 3 league titles.

The 31-year-old has represented Celtic 197 times in all competitions and managed a whopping 101 clean sheets.  Forster stands in at 6ft6inches, and that allows him to cover a good part of the goal. He has got quick reflexes, and his positioning is also spot on most of the times.

However, the custodian became prone to a few errors, and that saw him lose his place at the St. Mary’s. At such short notice, Celtic will do well to get a goalkeeper of Forster’s calibre even though he has been on a decline in the past few seasons. The goalkeeper made just one appearance in the Premier League last campaign.

Craig Gordon is likely to fill in until a new signing comes in and the veteran custodian is also in the last year of his deal. So Celtic will anyway need a goalkeeper soon, and Forster could be a decent bet.

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