Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie believes that the Bhoys could go back and bring Fraser Forster back to Parkhead.
Bring Forster home?
The 32-year-old has had various spells at Parkhead over the years which goes all the way back to 2010 before he was sold to Southampton for £11.25m in 2014.
The Englishman made his return to Glasgow and spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan before returning to the South Coast.
Instead of extending the 6 foot 6 colossus’ stay, Neil Lennon opted to spend £3m on Vasilios Barkas, who penned a four-year deal after Forster allegedly turned down a return to the Scottish Premiership champions.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie believes that despite the tough battle that they face, he would still welcome Forster’s return, who Celtic shot-stopper Scott Bain described as “phenomenal” (cited by Celtic Star).
“I do not know why they did not get him because they paid £5million for Barkas,” he said. “Listen, who is to say that he won’t turn into a different class goalkeeper as times goes on but this right now is the most important season. You do not get time.
“Bain is a good goalkeeper but not that good. Keepers like Forster will get you 10 points a season. I would go and get Forster. They are paying a lot of money for Duffy anyway, they are up there competing wage-wise.
“I would like to see Forster come in sooner rather than later because it might even be too late. Forster may not want to come back but I would hate to think they were pinching over a couple of pounds. I am convinced that if he was keen, Peter would have gone and got him.
“I would have rather given Forster the £5million than have paid for Barkas.”
Transfer Tavern take
It seems bizarre why Celtic did not pay the fees required to sign Forster after everything he has done for the club over the years.
Spending £3m on Barkas now seems like a poor transfer decision from Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon, having been lambasted for some of his performances during the early stages of his Parkhead stay.
McAvennie is spot on. Pursuing Forster in January would be sensible if they are to catch Rangers in the table and help them strive toward winning 10-in-a-row.
In other news, Celtic star admitted he ‘needed air’ after leaving Parkhead.
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