Mark Wilson has revealed why he believes Celtic will manage to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent basis from Southampton.
It will be a long time before any Celtic fan forgets Fraser Forster’s heroics in the League Cup final. The keeper almost single-handedly kept the Hoops in the game. The Englishman looked like a man possessed who wanted to prove that he still is one of the top goalkeepers in the world despite having spent the last three seasons stagnating on the Southampton bench.
He saved a number of shots from the Rangers players as well as a penalty from Alfredo Morelos in a match-winning performance on Sunday at Hampden Park. But with that performance, Southampton are also expected to raise their asking price for the goalkeeper, who is only on loan at Celtic till the end of the season. And it is a genuine worry whether the Hoops can keep hold of their man.
Mark Wilson though believes that the Scottish champions will find a way to sign Forster on a permanent basis. While speaking with Ladbrokes Social Club, the former Celtic star said:
“I think they will find a way, I think he has made such a difference.
“He’s done it on the big stage, in European football as well. He’s got such a good relationship with Neil Lennon.
“I was there when Lennon first signed him and they got on great. Celtic are used to spending £9m or £10m on strikers, but he is just as important at the other end. Sunday proved that.”
There is no doubt that Fraser Forster is a much better goalkeeper than Craig Gordon and Scott Bain. And it will be a huge step down if the club have to go back to either of the two in case they fail to sign the 31-year-old permanently. But with figures like £20 million being touted as a possible asking price by The Telegraph, it might be beyond Celtic’s spending capacity.
Anything in the range of £9-10 million should have the board thinking though. Although it might see them break their transfer record but one has to remember that the football transfer market is hugely inflated at the moment. And it is not often that the opportunity to sign a player the quality of Forster comes around.