Fraser Forster: This is what was special about Celtic
By Danny Wright
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster believes that the Champions League football he played at Celtic was one of the highlights of his career.
The 29-year-old spent four years on the books at Parkhead and won three Premiership titles.
However the main part of Forster’s time in Scotland were on those special European nights where he’d play against the likes of Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan.
He made countless of great saves during the 2013/14 group stages of the competition, especially against Barcelona, which led to his move to Southampton at the end of the campaign.
“Everyone wants to play the big teams. When you’re a kid you always dream of playing in games like that. You get to test yourself against the best players in the world,” said Forster, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
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“Looking back, I got to play Champions League football at Celtic. To play in competitions like that is something a bit special.
“That’s definitely what every player strives for, to play in those games week in and week out, to play Champions League football. That’s the ambition that not only I but every player in football has.”
Forster made 197 appearances for the Bhoys during a two-year loan spell and a two-year permanent spell before he was signed by Southampton in 2014.
In over half of Forster’s appearances for the Glasgow club he managed to keep a clean sheet.
Since his move to the Premier League side, the former Newcastle player has made 99 appearances and kept his opponents at bay on 40 separate occasions.
The six-times England international was at the centre of attention on Sunday as he made a stunning save to deny James Milner’s spot-kick in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
Forster is likely to make his 100th appearance for Southampton against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
In other Celtic news, the club are in a four-way race to sign this £8million-rated striker.