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Celtic: Alan Hutton backs Fraser Forster to remain first choice goalkeeper if he signs permanently

Celtic: Alan Hutton backs Fraser Forster to remain first choice goalkeeper if he signs permanently

Former Scotland and Rangers defender Alan Hutton expects Fraser Forster to remain as Celtic’s first choice goalkeeper if he turns his loan deal into a permanent one.

The 31-year-old came back to the club for a second spell in August after joining on loan from Southampton and, having played regularly this season, Football Insider recently claimed that he was keen on securing a permanent move to Glasgow.

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That is despite fellow goalkeeper Scott Bain signing a new four-year deal with the Hoops last week, as reported by celticfc.net, but Hutton thinks that the latter will continue being backup to Forster if the on-loan England international joins permanently next year.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It will be interesting, I must admit, whether they try and make Forster permanent. We’ll obviously soon find out.

“If that happens, he’s your number one. Obviously he’s on loan at the moment and if they make it permanent, he will be number one. Then Bain, again arguably was brought in as a number two, when he came in.

“He ousted Craig Gordon and did well but they obviously felt the need to bring somebody else in, which they did. I’m sure he’ll be happy signing a new deal but if they make Forster permanent, he will be the number one.”

With the form that Forster has shown so far this season, Hutton is right in believing that he will be Neil Lennon’s first choice goalkeeper if he secures a permanent deal at Celtic.

Coming into tonight’s Europa League clash against Lazio, the 31-year-old had let in just nine goals in 13 appearances this season, keeping six clean sheets. [via TransferMarkt]

He was one of the main reasons why the Hoops defeated the Serie A side at Parkhead two weeks ago, his four saves on the night including one exceptional stop in added time as Celtic held firm for a 2-1 victory.

Forster has started all nine Premiership matches since returning to the club, as well as each of their Europa League group games, with the England international evidently a firm favourite of Lennon.

Despite giving Bain a new contract last week, the 26-year-old hasn’t recovered from the 3-4 Champions League qualifying defeat to CFR Cluj in August, which remains his last appearance for the team.

Having started seven of Celtic’s first eight games this season, that defeat to the Romanian club saw him lose his place in the side, with a thumb injury preventing him from even getting a chance in making the bench since then. [via TransferMarkt]

Barring injury or a sharp downturn in form, Forster looks set to remain first choice for the rest of this season at least and, as Hutton has said, he will most likely retain that role for 2020/21 too if he joins permanently.

Celtic fans, do you think Forster will sign a permanent deal at the club and do you think he would continue to be picked ahead of Bain in that instance? Share your views in the comments section below!

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