Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is open to Celtic returning for Fraser Forster in light of the woeful performances from Celtic’s goalkeepers. Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain conceded 3 each as West Ham beat Ange Postecoglou’s side in the final pre-season friendly on Saturday and McAvennie told Football Insider that he would welcome a move for Forster.
Forster spent a successful 2019/20 season on loan with Neil Lennon’s Celtic, which was cut short due to COVID-19; however, Lennon had hoped to re-sign him again. For one reason or another, this did not transpire and Celtic instead went out and bought Barkas from AEK Athens. The performances of Barkas have had many longing for a move to bring Forster back to the club, with reports saying that it was being considered. McAvennie admitted that he would welcome the 33-year-old back to Celtic.
“I think there was a deal in place last summer. I was told that Southampton wanted to cut their losses and he was going to come but something happened.
“He’s a good keeper but we need someone who can be here and be a top performer for a few years.
“If Forster was to come I wouldn’t be against it, he’s a wonderful keeper.
“He’s experienced and he can tell his defenders what he wants. That can be as important as a strike partnership.
“We need to build a decent defence and Celtic need to stop letting goals in.”
Celtic need to focus on bringing a right-back and goalkeeper into the club as a matter of urgency as the Premiership kicks-off on Saturday away to Hearts and the club have a worrying lack of depth at the back. Forster would be a vast improvement on what we currently have but given his wages, a loan deal would be the only outcome that would meet the needs of all parties.