By Alan Hutton

26th Nov, 2019 | 5:14pm

Exclusive: Alan Hutton backs 'Brilliant' Celtic star as ambitious future plans revealed

Alan Hutton has backed Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster to achieve his ambitious goals of returning to the England setup during his loan spell at Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender says that the Hoops’ mainstay has been outstanding between the sticks for Neil Lennon since returning to the club from Southampton this summer.

The giant shot-stopper has admitted that he has always had had the aim of taking back his place in the England squad after making his last international appearance back in 2016.

Hutton says that while there is tough competition for a place in the England side, the likes of Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton all vying to be picked by Gareth Southgate, he sees no reason Forster cannot stake a claim.

Asked if Forster could return to the England squad, Hutton told Football Insider: “I don’t see why not. He’s playing European football, contesting for cups. 

“A lot of people look at the SPL and think that it’s not a high level but you still need to play to your best to win games, it doesn’t matter where you are. If he’s playing to the top of his ability, which he’s been brilliant of late, I don’t see why not.

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“There’s great competition in the England squad for goalkeepers, there’s so many to choose from, but it’s like anyone – you want to play for your country and he’ll be no different. He’ll be targeting a spot but it will be difficult.” 

Forster has established himself as Neil Lennon’s first-choice keeper since arriving on loan, the 31-year-old playing 16 times across all competitions already.

He has a total of 213 appearances under his belt for the Hoops, having initially joined the Glasgow giants from Newcastle United before his move to Southampton.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara suggests that Neil Lennon is set to bring a rarely-seen Hoops man in from the cold over the coming weeks.