Nobody could have seen this kind of a season coming from Celtic, especially after dominating Scottish football for 9 straight seasons. The title race is as good as over and it is just February, and what is even more heart-breaking is the fact that 10IAR was on the line.
Obviously, not much has gone the club’s way this season but you have to feel that it all started with their failed summer transfer window. The Hoops extended the loan deal of Mohamed Elyounoussi for another season. And then they went on to sign Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti and David Turnbull for a combined £12 million, while brining in Shane Duffy and Diego Laxalt on season-long loan deals as well.
Out of the four, only Turnbull can be considered a hit while Elyounoussi has had a decent season when playing. The rest have had campaigns ranging from disappointing to disastrous.
One has to wonder though, whether things would have been different if the club had managed to bring back Fraser Forster on another season-long loan. Former Celtic star, Kelvin Wilson, certainly believes so. And while talking with The Celtic Huddle and as reported by The Scottish Sun, he advised the club to try and sign him next summer:
“I think it’s one of the main things this season, not getting big Fraser.
“The calmness he gives you, him playing behind you, you’re confident in your goalkeeper.
“He’s the best keeper I played with, so I’m going to praise him to the moon and back.
“He’s got a year left on his contract.
“I’d push the boat out to get Fraser because he loves Glasgow.”
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Should Celtic make another move for Forster in the summer?
Firstly, there is no question that Forster is a brilliant goalkeeper and would have been an upgrade on the three options available to Neil Lennon at the moment. Could he have made an impact big enough to turn the season in Celtic’s favour? Probably not.
And the Hoops did indeed try to bring him back on another loan spell. But it was Forster who decided to remain at Southampton in hopes of playing first-team football for them. As we all know by now, that has not gone according to plan.
Now, the question is whether the club should make another attempt to bring him back for a third spell at Parkhead. To be honest, it all depends on the goalkeeping situation at that point of time. Surely the trio of Barkas, Bain and Hazard cannot be relied upon next season as well unless one of them improves significantly over the next few months.
If not, it might not be the worst idea to go after Forster once again.