Fraser Forster signed on for Celtic last summer for £2.5M, after it was clear that Dutch International Tim Krul was going to be the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle, and Fraser was not prepared to sit on the bench at his home town club.
Fraser Forster – has done well in Scotland
Fraser has always wanted to play regularly (nothing wrong with that), and he has given an interview for the BBC today, and it seems he’s maybe just a little homesick for Newcastle.
The Scottish Premier League is currently ranked number 24 in Europe, so the standards are not too high north of the border compared with the Premier League, and they have a UEFA coefficient of 15.191, although of course Fraser will play Champions League football every season at Celtic,
That compares with the English Premier League UEFA coefficient of 81.535, and England are now only second behind Spain (87.311) as the top rated league in Europe – mainly because our Champions League teams did so poorly this season.
The Scottish Premier League will become more competitive when Rangers make their way through the leagues and back to Scotland’s top league, although Rangers’ officials are making noises about wanting to join the English league, where there’s a ton of money if you are in the English Premier League.
This is what Fraser said on BBC’s Late Kick-Off:
“I’d like to go back to Newcastle at some point, if the opportunity arises,” “I’m a Newcastle fan and I’ve got unfinished business there.”
“It was a wrench to leave, it’s my hometown club. But it wasn’t meant to be.” “I enjoyed my time out on loan and after enjoying playing week in week out it was important I carried on playing.”
“I wanted to be number one and it was clear that wasn’t going to happen at Newcastle.” “Everyone wants to be playing in the Premier League. It’s the place to be.”
“At the minute I’m very happy at Celtic and playing Champions League Football, but long-term it would be nice to play in the Premier League.”
“It’s the World Cup next year and I’ll be giving it my all to try to get in the squad.” “It’s important to be playing at the highest level I can. Celtic is a fantastic club and European football is the pinnacle.”
“Now it’s all about getting as much experience as possible and getting in the England squad.”
Forster is now in the England squad, and he’s done very well in Scotland, no doubt about that, but there must be little to no chance he will ever return to Newcastle.
Well, that’s as long as Tim Krul is at the club, and Rob Elliot has also shown he’s a very good back-up goalkeeper, with his fine performances when Tim was out injured recently.
But of course you never know in football. 😀
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