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Profit Players: Celtic’s £2.25m deal in 2012 for Fraser Forster was a bargain

Profit Players: Celtic’s £2.25m deal in 2012 for Fraser Forster was a bargain

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Celtic acquired Fraser Forster on loan during the 2019/20 campaign, but it was not the first time he has been at the club. His success during his past spell and the money the Hoops made from selling him highlighted how big a profit player he was for the side.

The goalkeeper was first signed on loan from Newcastle United in 2010 for a season, per Transfermarkt, and they clearly rated the shot stopper as they managed to keep him on loan for the following season as well. Eventually they made the deal permanent in the summer of 2012, spending £2.25 million to prise him from the Magpies.

From the start of his loans in 2010 until he left the side 2014, the Englishman made 197 appearances in all competitions including the Champions League and managed to pick up an impressive 101 clean sheets, via Transfermarkt.

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His performances were clearly noted as he made his international debut for England in 2013, highlighting that Celtic certainly got something of a bargain in paying just over £2 million to get him the year before.

The 32 year-old was outstanding for the Hoops, but one performance stands out. That was against FC Barcelona in the Champions League in a memorable 2-1 win over the Catalans at Parkhead in 2012, via The Scotsman. Forster was unbelievable in this game, so good in fact that he even earned praise from six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who said via The Daily Record: “There was one game in Scotland where he was not human, it is the best goalkeeping performance I have seen.” He also added that Forster’s performance was “talked about for a long time.”

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It is amazing to be respected by the opposition for your great performances in goal, especially when it comes from such a great like Messi. Southampton took note of this performance along with many others and they managed to sign the goalkeeper from the Hoops for £11.25 million in 2014, meaning the club made a profit of £9 million from selling the Englishman, via Transfermarkt.

This was a great bit of business and they money they made, as well as his glittering first spell in Scotland in which he won three Scottish Premiership’s and two domestic cups, emphasise why he was such a great profit player for the side.

As mentioned, he returned to Celtic for the season just gone when they picked him up on loan. He managed to keep a further 14 clean sheets in 28 appearances, per Transfermarkt, adding another league title to his collection whilst also playing a crucial part in the Bhoys winning the Scottish League Cup earlier this year, per The Guardian.

Hoops fans, how good has Forster been for the club? Comment below!

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