Neil Lennon returns to St. James’ Park to snap up Fraser Forster


Celtic have reportedly agreed a deal to bring Newcastle United keeper Fraser Forster back to Celtic Park on another season long loan deal with a view to a permanent deal. The Geordie keeper spent last season on loan at Celtic making 44 appearances and set a new record at the same time as he kept 24 clean sheets.

Celtic have a previous bid rejected by the St. James’ Park side, but with former Falkirk keeper Tim Krul currently the Newcastle Number One and Steve Harper challenging him, Forster’s chances of securing any competitive first team action would have been few and far between.

During this afternoon’s press conference Lennon announced: “A deal has been agreed. There are a few little snags to overcome but we hope to have him registered in time for tomorrow night.”

He added: “If that is the eventuality of things, we would be absolutely delighted. He has been the main target since the end of last season. We did put a bid in but it was knocked back but we worked hard in the background to try to bring him in so I’m very, very pleased.”

Despite current number one Lukasz Zaluska having a good start to the season, conceding once, Neil Lennon has always intimated his intentions of getting another keeper in and if Forster is registered in time for tomorrow night’s first leg clash against FC Sion he could be thrust straight into the starting line-up.

Lennon continued: “We will have to see his condition. The form of Lukasz has been very good so we will weigh these things up. But it has given myself and the squad a boost. We have three very good goalkeepers so there is great competition in that area which is what we wanted.”

Source: Celtic FC


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