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Fraser Forster’s Strange Interview With The BBC

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.

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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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16 comments so far

  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #1

    We definitely should have put a buy back clause in his contract, was it Iniesta who said he was one of the best keepers out there ?


    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Cnt see him joing us untill krul is gone

  • dmac

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    It was always a strange one if you ask me allowing Forster to leave and buying Rob Elliot. Only reason i think it happened is because Rob must have sad he was happy sitting on the bench and Fraser wasnt.

    Watched the lad a few times since he has gone and he looks top drawer.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    If Krul ever left I would have him back in a heartbeat

  • SpartanChris

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I can’t imagine this has gone down too well with the Celtic fans.

  • G

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s difficult to judge the quality of a keeper, when they are playing in Scotland, as the standard of opposition varies so much. If Inniesta says he is a good un, then its good enough for me. Back when he was in our development squad the people at the club were tipping FF to come good before TK. I think he was unlucky not to get some first team action for us, but the speed with which TK developed took most of us by suprise. I wouldn’t be too upset if he came back at some point, but not at the expense of TK.

  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Remember it was touch and go between him and Tim, before he made a mistake against Leeds. He has had his critics at Celtic, but performed heroics in CL. Can’t beat a big keeper, would have liked to see a Geordie between the sticks, just unfortunate we have the best keeper in the world at the minute.

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Local lad whose dream is to play for the club again one day . Good to see

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    I think TK was destined to be a no.1 as soon as he made his debut, he must have been about 19, v young for a gk when i was waxing lyrical about him,

    one of the few youth players i have tipped to come good that actually did…nile ranger wasnt exactly the success id hoped he might have been

    remie streete had the potential to burst on and knock us all for 6 but hes had a long term injury at a crucial point in his development

    cant see ferguson, inman, dummett sammy, abeid tav making it

    streete still has time, so does campbell and satka looks a great prospect for the future

    would have fraser back in a heartbeat if krul was sold on, and it was for a reasonable price. but i want krul to become a legend here


    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10


    Iniesta really said that?

  • spitfire_

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Krul will leave only if there is someone club is ready to pay silly money to have him and MA, DL and the rest of the band decide to push him out. Krul sound like top lad and adopted geordie.

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #12

    has anyone seen the bbc article on how goal line technology will work?

    the referee wears a watch and if the ball crosses the line it comes up instantly on his watch GOAL


    No wait, no slowing of the game. INSTANTLY

    how long did it take Blatter to consent to this :/

    I understand with fouls/offsides that this is a different matter entirely

    with fouls we simply have to allow retrospective punishment if necessary, in the same way red cards can be rescinded they should be distributed postgame if required

    bad offside calls are something i dont think we will ever get rid of, but hey they provide a talking point and the decisions ‘even themselves out over a season’

  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13


    Yeah after the Cl game between them he said Forster had a great game and very hard to beat and that he had a great future ahead of him. Sorry he didn’t say he was one of the best at the minute but possibly in the future.

  • dazza

    Apr 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Chelsea seem interested. Would be a wrench to see him playing in the premier league for them!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    He was given a 45 minute run-out in a friendly against one of the american teams and judged not good enough by AP who critised him for a mistake.

  • marshy

    Apr 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    there is one way to get rid of dodgy offside decisions, alan pas-etc, is to get rid of the offside rule altogether. one of the reasons I believe it was brought in was to get rid of high scoring games so maybe for that reason alone it would be a plus to abolish it.


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