Forster proves a wiser choice last year than Sandomierski


News that Fraser Forster has signed a long term contract with Celtic, who will pay Newcastle United £2m for his services, adds some welcome stability ahead of the Champions League qualifiers.  Buying a new, first-choice, keeper is fraught with the kind of difficulties Neil Lennon would rather avoid.

Last summer we looked at Croatian international Stipe Pletikosa, who performed at the European Championships, but he failed to impress during his trial period at Celtic, including a poor performance against Wolves at Celtic Park.

Last year we also looked at Polish cap, Gregorz Sandomierski, who subsequently went to Belgian club racing Genk for €3m, but he failed to make a competitive appearance for Genk and was shipped back to Poland on loan. By comparison, Forster, who turned 24 on St Patrick’s Day, cemented his place with the champions.

Last year Celtic concluded a provisional deal with Newcastle to sign Fraser on a permanent deal this summer but although player and club were both keen to do business, negotiations took until the end of the players’ summer break, perhaps reflecting a tightening of Celtic’s finances ahead of what could be a period of financial uncertainty in the Scottish game.

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  1. johann murdoch on 2 July, 2012 at 11:56 said



    Thank you…………………..hearty laugh and ready for the rest of the day.



    Hail Hail all CQNers



    Anticipating a nuclear week and hope that at long last I’ll be able to raise a few glasses to my dear departed “old” man and my brothers who despised the cheating and corruption we had to face daily from the “peepul” who lived all around and amongst us.



    We all believed our day would come……………….it’s nearly here!



    Hail Hail

  2. Rieperman on 2 July, 2012 at 12:07 said:


    Songs debate




  3. A very good first signing of the summer. A couple more to strengthen the spine of the team will do for me.


    Fraser will flourish with us.

  4. I have no problems sticking within our budget or selling a player & re-investing the money in new talent. Makes sense to me

  5. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Did big Fraser not insist on four games a season versus Sevco in his contract? – we deserve to know ‘the facts’…

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘financial uncertainty’? No pain, no gain!


    Onwards and upwards into the [level] fields of Elysium!

  7. tomtheleedstim on

    Johann Murdoch – I bought nice piece of beef from the butcher at the weekend. He guaranteed me that it came from a cow rather than a bull. I’m starting to think it was a mistake.

  8. Fassreifen - you can't put a price on integrity on

    I asked yesterday but didn’t seem to get an answer: has anyone got their new away kit yet? I ordered a fortnight ago but it’s now “on back order”, perhaps very popular?

  9. ♪ ♫ Hector Avocado ♫ ♪ on

    There is no debate about songs – not from me anyway.



    What I deplore is people who play games with our reputation (and hard cash – in the resulting fines) when they mince around the edges of what is accepted and what is not.



    Whether or not we agree with the laws of the land, we should mind that our club is accountable.



    Accountability – that is what we are arguing for with the Orcs.

  10. ¿¿⊥Ǝʎ ƃN∩⊥S ןƎƎℲ ∩Oʎ Op ¡ƃNI⊥S ∀ SI SIH⊥ 'ᖈƎqWƎWƎᖈ - ROW Z on

    Welcome news. Now for a fast and commanding centre back and a lightning striker who can hit the onion bag.



    Well, it is still Christmas after all so I feel I can ask for anything.




  11. sixtaeseven: No NewClub in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on

    Pleased for big Fraser – he’s a good young keeper who’ll only get better as his confidence grows.


    Good signing for us!

  12. With all due respect to Hector ( Hector and Due in the same sentence!) , I was `impishly` asking the question but this new article might lead to a few Celtic posts anyway.

  13. BIG FF……….



    A good piece of business – good for him, good for us.


    Well done Big Peter…….



    ‘mon the Hoops!




  14. Just in from the ole ASDA where there was a fight between two customers at the foot of the moving stairs. Luckily Security Staff moved in before it escalated.

  15. Son of Gabriel on

    oops, wasnt finished typing.



    Glad thats the big man settled and added his name to the cause.



    People seem to forget that his record has been done with a constantly changing defence, the holy goalie had a regular partnership.



    Bit off topic:


    My phone went for a swim in the sink yesterday morning.


    Anyone know somewhere good that does blackberry repairs? Its like losing a limb not having it.



    Pretty sure most of circuitry is intact but wont know for certain till 2moro so might just be a screen replacement.



    Have lost too much with the phone goin scuba on me, so want to pull out all the stops to try and save it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    Thanks in advance and Hail Hail

  16. ♪ ♫ Hector Avocado ♫ ♪ on 2 July, 2012 at 12:14 said:


    There is no debate about songs – not from me anyway.







    just join in with the conga, what part was it you found offensive ?



    the when rangers die part ?






    isnt it going to be fun at all scuddish top level football grounds to have no sectarian signing this coming season (well mayeb a wee bit from hertz).

  17. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    Johann Murdoch



    At that price I’d be fawn over masel to purchase.

  18. ♪ ♫ Hector Avocado ♫ ♪ on 2 July, 2012 at 12:14 said:



    ”they mince around the edges of what is accepted and what is not.”




    Is the expression ‘mince around’ not widely associated with homophobic abuse, and as such both offensive and illegal?



    I would suggest that in future you should be more careful with your choice of language to avoid the risk of damaging the reputation of Celtic Football Club.

  19. Fassreifen – you can’t put a price on integrity on 2 July, 2012 at 12:13



    New tops getting sent out from today according to email I received last week , can’t wait.


    Hail Hail

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