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Fraser Forster to be given chance for Southampton redemption

Saints chief executive Martin Semmens says Fraser Forster will be staying at Saints

Fraser Forster given chance Saints Southampton Celtic loan transfer permanent Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster will be given the “opportunity” to win back his spot as Saints’ starting goalkeeper going forward, according to club chief executive Martin Semmens.

Forster made 125 appearances for Saints after his signing from Celtic in 2014, but a downturn in form saw him return to the Glasgow side on loan last season.

The towering ‘keeper impressed on his return to Parkhead in 2019/20, but wanted to return to Southampton once that season had finished.

Forster has only played once for Saints since 2017 and he will have to fight for his place against Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn, who both shared Southampton first team duties last season, and Semmens says he’ll be given the chance to reclaim his spot as number one.

“Fraser made an active decision to come back,” Semmens told BBC Radio Solent. “He didn’t want to stay at Celtic anymore, he wanted to come back and play for us so we’ll give him that opportunity.

“Fraser has been a full part of the squad since he came back. He couldn’t be during the games in July because he wasn’t allowed to be part of that squad but now he’s a full part of it.

“He’s training and he’s doing really well, so we’ll see how that develops but Fraser is a full part of our squad going forward.”