'Delighted' - Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic have secured 'top-quality' signing


Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic have got their hands on a “top-quality” goalkeeper with the return of Fraser Forster to Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops ace says that manager Neil Lennon, along with the fans in Glasgow, will be very happy to see the colossus shot-stopper back among the squad, having left Celtic Park back in 2014.

Forster has joined the Bhoys on a season-long loan from Southampton, having first joined the club on an initial loan deal from Newcastle United back in 2010.

McNamara says that Forster’s experience of playing for the club could prove to be invaluable, especially with Scott Bain currently out injured, but that he has some rustiness to overcome after his appearance last week against Hearts.

McNamara told Football Insider: “He’s somebody that knows the pressures and knows the club. Bain’s been injured so I think for Neil, he’s always been a big admirer so he’s delighted he’s got him back – so are the Celtic fans.

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“(On yellow card v Hearts) It’s natural, he hasn’t played a lot of football. It didn’t amount to anything, he was a bit unlucky with the penalty, it was a good save. He’s a top-quality keeper and it’s good Neil’s managed to get him back.”

Forster’s appearance against Hearts was his 198th for Celtic, during which he has managed to keep a total of 101 clean sheets.

He featured just once for Southampton last season, featuring in a 3-0 defeat against West Ham in the penultimate match of the campaign.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has told Football Insider the club hold a notable advantage over some “big clubs” as they open transfer talks for a defender.