ANY fears Celtic fans had of Fraser Forster being recalled from his loan spell early have been dispelled by the Premier League side’s boss Ralph Hasenhuttl who sanctioned the keeper’s summer switch.

The Austrian gaffer praised the shotstopper for his Man-of-the-Match performance that included a dramatic penalty-kick save in the Hoops’ 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final success at the weekend.

Hasenhuttl has been impressed by the 31-year-old former England international, who is under contract to the south coast club until the summer of 2022, but insisted he will stick with Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn with youngster Harry Lewis also in reserve.

The south coast gaffer, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I am very happy that after his long time without playing that he gets the chance to play there.

“He is a fantastic goalkeeper – I always knew. But for him it was important to get the chance to play, get the games and the self-confidence back. I am very happy for him.

“We have our three goalkeepers here. He is on loan until the end of the season and it is not the moment to think about that.”

Hassenhutti’s side are currently third bottom of the Premier League six points above Watford who are anchored at the foot of the top flight.

He saw his team lose 9-0 to Leicester City with Gunn in goal and they now take on fellow-strugglers West Ham at the weekend.

* Read author Alex Gordon’s personal tribute to Fraser Forster in CQN earlier today.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report from Cluj v Celtic this evening – only in your champion CQN.


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