Fraser Forster returns to Celtic on a season-long loan deal

Celtic have announced the signing of goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Southampton on a season long loan deal.

The England international returns to Celtic Park after a five year hiatus and will provide welcome competition to both the currently injured Scott Bain and Craig Gordon, and at his own request he will don the number 67 jersey - last worn by Chelsea loan flop Charly Musonda.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Forster said: "I’m absolutely delighted to be here, it feels like I’m coming home and I’m buzzing to be back at this great club.

"Obviously, I know what the number 67 means to this great club. It’s an honour to wear the shirt and an even bigger honour to wear this number.

"I loved my time here before and I felt like it was the right number for me, I’m really proud to wear it, and I want to do my absolute best for this club.

"The gaffer has always been brilliant with me, and when the opportunity came up to come back and work with him again, it was one that was too good to turn down.

"I’m delighted to be back – Woodsy is still here, and I know a lot of the lads, which is makes it feel like I’ve come back home. With that in mind, I hope I can fit straight back in."

Forster had two loan spells at Celtic before signing a permanent deal in the summer of 2012, and went on to make a total of 197 appearances for the Scottish champions where he won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and helped Celtic reach the last 16 of the Champions League in 2012.

A firm fan favourite, Forster was part of the Celtic team that beat La Liga giants Barcelona 2-1 in November 2012, with his performance between the sticks earning him the nickname of ‘La Gran Muralla’ [The Great Wall] by the Spanish press.

Forster secured six caps for the England national team and was selected their World Cup squad in Brazil in 2014 and the Euro 2016 squad.

He signed for Southampton in 2014 for £10 million playing 115 times for the English Premier League side before falling out of favour after a number of managerial changes and missing just under a year through injury after a Patella rupture.

The 31-year-old will be looking to get back to full fitness and secure much needed first team football after playing just one competitive game for Southampton in 20 months.