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  • Fraser Forster joins Southampton

    Fraser Forster joins Southampton

    By: Newsroom Staff on 09 Aug, 2014 22:00

  • GOALKEEPER Fraser Forster has today completed a move to English Premier League side Southampton after a fantastic four-year spell at Celtic.

    The English internationalist spent two years at the Club on successful season-long loan spells before joining permanently in the summer of 2012 from Newcastle United.

    His heroics between the sticks helped the Hoops to three titles in a row, two Scottish Cup triumphs and a number of memorable results in Europe, most notably, the stunning 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

    The shot-stopper’s fantastic feats in that encounter in Paradise saw him labelled by the Spanish media as ‘La Gran Muralla’ – The Great Wall.

    In the 2013/14 campaign, the 26-year-old set a new Club record for consecutive league clean sheets with 13 in a row, while he also smashed Bobby Clark’s Scottish league record for minutes played without conceding a goal, which had stood since the 1970-71 season. In total, Forster went  1,256 minutes unbeaten.

    His outstanding displays for the Scottish champions saw him called up to the England squad in October 2012. He made his debut for his county in November 2013 and was part of their World Cup squad in Brazil this summer. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the Club.

    Fraser Forster commented: "I really want to thank the Club and the Celtic fans for all they have given me over the past four years.  It has been a wonderful honour to play for one of the world's great football clubs and I wish everyone at Celtic and the supporters every success for the future.

    “I have received tremendous support during my time at the Club and it has been a brilliant experience being part of a squad which has won titles and trophies and taken part in the Champions League.

    “I know the Club wanted me to stay, and I know the Club has done everything they possibly can to keep me, but I felt now was the right time for a new challenge in the English Premier League."

    “I would like to pay a special tribute to Stevie Woods and the Club's fitness coach Bill Styles for their hard work and commitment during my time at Celtic.”

    "I hope the Manager, the players, the staff and of course the fans enjoy more and more great times ahead.  I have accepted a new opportunity away from Celtic, but I am a Celtic supporter for life and will be cheering the Club on in everything they do."

    Celtic Manager Ronny Deila commented: "Clearly we were desperate to keep Fraser at the Club but we fully understand that players can seek new challenges.

    “We did everything to keep him here, but that's football and we understand the situation.  When a player wants to look at a new environment it is always very difficult to stand in his way, this is nothing new."

    "Although I have only worked with Fraser for a short time, I can see that he is a top class goalkeeper, a magnificent professional and someone who gave his all every time he pulled on the Celtic jersey".

    “I wish Fraser all the very best for the future, I am sure he will be a great success at Southampton."

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