The noise this week Celtic should return for Fraser Forster in January is all we’ll be good but it looks like we’ll be well beyond repair before the window opens.

Scotsman journalist, Andrew Smith, writes that Celtic are still mystified by Fraser’s Celtic snub in the summer.

The club had a deal with Southampton for another loan but by the time the goalkeeper went down the road, he changed his mind and stayed at St Mary’s. It prompted Celtic to go get Barkas who has shown nothing to suggest he’s up to the task.

Smith writes, the allure of an understudy role at Chelsea was on the table back in the summer for the big Geordie but now that’s not the case, and the player hasn’t been rolled out once, another deal could be struck in January.

“It still mystifies those inside Celtic that the 32-year-old declined another tour of duty with them when his eye-popping £92,000-a-week salary was guaranteed to keep flowing in to his bank account from his parent club.

“It is believed Forster felt there was a chance Chelsea would snap him up for an understudy role. That ship has now sailed, as has any sense Ralph Hasenhüttl considers the former Celtic man a strong rival to his No.1 Alex McCarthy. Forster hasn’t played a minute of competitive action this season, not even when Brentford rolled around in the League Cup.

“The hulking keeper might then be far more open to a move that would practically guarantee him concerted game time for the next five months.”

Celtic are in very bad shape and while a competent goalkeeper isn’t going to solve everything, it would be a start.

As I mentioned above, there’s nothing to suggest December will be any better than November. We look dead on our feet and could be even further behind in the league before we can add to our squad.

It’s been a shocker yet we still see no leadership from our club.



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