Fraser Forster makes admission about Celtic, fans will be delighted
By Matt Farr
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster insists that Celtic are a much bigger club than meets the eye.
Forster spent four full seasons at Celtic before his move back to the Premier League in 2014, where he experienced life on Europe’s biggest stage in the Champions League.
The 28-year-old stopper also won three Scottish Premiership titles during his time at Parkhead, making a total of 197 appearances in all competitions.
Reflecting on his time at Celtic for the Daily Record, Forster admitted that no player can really grasp the sheer size of a club like Celtic until they go there themselves.
He also paid tribute to the Scottish club for making him the player he is today, one that has become an established Premier League No.1 and earned six caps at international level with England.
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He said: “Myself, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk all came to Southampton after playing for Celtic and I don’t think a lot of people realise how big a club it is until you’ve been there.
“I wouldn’t have missed those Champions League nights and Old Firm games at Parkhead for anything. It gave me the chance to play against some of the best players in the world.
“Very few players get the chance to play on such a big stage and even fewer cope with it because it comes with a different type of pressure.”
Celtic fans have fond memories of their former goalkeeping star, and they will no doubt be delighted to hear him speaking so highly of the club.
Forster was part of the Celtic side that achieved a priceless 2-1 victory over Barcelona during the 2012-13 campaign, despite the Scottish side registering just 11% of possession – a result that will live long in the memory.
However, he has yet to win any silverware with Southampton; but their route to the, and showing in the EFL Cup Final against Manchester United offers hope that it can be achieved.