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Newcastle's Forster now flying for Celtic - Marshall

Former Celtic goalkeeper Gordon Marshall is thrilled with the progress made by today's incumbent Fraser Forster.

The 23-year old is in his second season-long loan spell from Newcastle United and has become a key part of Neil Lennon's treble-chasing squad.

Marshall, who took the gloves for the Hoops in the early to late 1990s, had early reservations about Forster but has now spoken highly of the Englishman who can be a major part of a potentially massive season at Parkhead.

"Forster is doing really well this season, although he took a bit of time to settle when he first came in," he told Record Sport.

"He looks more than capable now. When he first came up he looked stiff, rigid, unorthodox, but has knuckled down with coach Stevie Woods, who says he's a hard-working boy.

"I can appreciate what he's doing and he's obviously working hard because the mistakes are becoming fewer and fewer and the saves are becoming more important.

"That's the sign of a wee bit of quality and it's good he's heading in the right direction.

"Forster's had to deal with playing week in, week out, then he's had to play on the European stage and these are big jumps all the time.

"Even having to deal with being on the verge of winning the league and the Treble, I'd say he'll be happy with his progress in the last few years with the way things are going for him.

"He's got time on his side to become part of the international scene. For me, they seem to be crying out for quality keepers down south."

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Andrew Slevison
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