A Sort of Homecoming -Celtic fans welcome back ‘La Grand Muralla’

CELTIC announced the signing of Fraser Forster from Southampton on loan until the end of the season, on social media during the first half of last night’s game against AIK Stockholm then dimmed the floodlights to add a little theatre to the formal re-introduction as the big Englishman stood in the centre-spot as the spotlights came on amid thunderous applause from the support.

We reported in Fraser’s return to Celtic yesterday morning – see HERE.

Forster will have noted that Craig Gordon performed well and of course earned a clean sheet, so it is going to be down to the manager whether he opts for the former Scotland Number 1 of the former England keeper on Sunday against Hearts.

Scott Bain might have recovered from his thumb injury but that coupled with a few dodgy displays against Motherwell and Cluj have probably lost him his chance to be the first pick keeper. Competition just got a whole lot tougher with the return of Forster, a real Celtic hero in his first spell at the club.

He made 193 appearance for Celtic in that period, winning three Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cups, also reaching the Champions League last 16 round in 2012.

Big Fraser also holds the Scottish league record for most minutes without conceding a goal – 1,256 minutes without conceding a goal. He asked for and was given the number 67 jersey.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here, it feels like I’m coming home and I’m buzzing to be back at this great club,” the returning hero said to the official Celtic website. “Now, I just want to get back training and get back playing.

“Obviously, I know what the number 67 means to this great club. It’s an honour to wear the shirt and an even bigger honour to wear this number.

“I loved my time here before and I felt like it was the right number for me, I’m really proud to wear it, and I want to do my absolute best for this club.

“The gaffer has always been brilliant with me, and when the opportunity came up to come back and work with him again, it was one that was too good to turn down.

“I’m delighted to be back – Woodsy is still here, and I know a lot of the lads, which is makes it feel like I’ve come back home. With that in mind, I hope I can fit straight back in.”

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Also on The Celtic Star after last night’s 2-0 win over AIK Stockholm in the Europa League Play-off Round, First Leg…

Sandman’s Definitive Ratings – Celtic v IKEA’s flat-packed back four…see HERE.

‘Celtic regained some at least of their European Credibility,’ David Potter…see HERE.

I Wanna Praise Edouard – ‘Odsonne is playing brilliantly. He’s leading the line superbly,’ Lenny…see HERE.

Celtic In Driving Seat after two nil win over AIK…see HERE.

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