Celtic keeper Forster: I won't go to Premier League and sit on the bench

By John Mcgarry


Fraser Forster has told potential Premier League suitors that he'll only be persuaded to leave Celtic if he has a guarantee of regular first-team football.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper's reputation has been hugely enhanced by his club's run to the last 16 of the Champions League this season.

And, despite having three years remaining on his existing deal, the Geordie's name, together with those of Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper, is on the lips of a number of Premiership managers.

Impressive: Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster

Impressive: Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster

Having received his first England call-up last October, Forster is determined to keep himself in manager Roy Hodgson's thoughts.

With West Brom's Ben Foster now out of international retirement and Norwich's John Ruddy due back from injury next month, Forster finds himself in a growing queue for England honour s - together with established Manchester City No 1 Joe Hart and Birmingham's Jack Butland.

But for all gaining his first full cap is a burning ambition, Forster insists he won't jump at the first available offer down south if he views it as a backwards step.

'With the quality of players we've got in the squad, a lot of them will move on at some stage - and I'm no different,' he said. 'I've always wanted to play in the Premier League and, hopefully, I'll get the chance to do that.

'For me, I need to be playing. I'd be a nightmare as a No 2 goalkeeper, because I want to play so much. It's important that I'm a No 1 and I won't be leaving to go and sit on the bench somewhere.

'I want to stay in the England squad and push Joe as much as I can.

'I was delighted to get into my first England squad but, once you've had a taste, it's where you want to stay.

'My ambition is to be England's No 1. It might take a few years, but I'll keep on working hard to achieve it.' 

If no passage to the Premiership opens up in the coming weeks, Forster believes he can still get the required exposure in Scotland - provided Celtic make it to the group stages of the Champions League for the second year in succession.

'Champions League is the pinnacle of football and you want to be testing yourself week in, week out,' he added.

'If I want to hang around the England squad, I need to be playing in that kind of games. I need that level of exposure.

'You're not going to be selected for England if you are not playing. It's got to be the right club. Why would I move to sit on the bench somewhere when I'm already at a good club like Celtic?' 

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell this week conceded that manager Neil Lennon, along with a number of his players, may now be in demand. However, the Irishman batted off speculation about his own future.

'It (speculation) makes no difference to me,' he said. 'I am one of the privileged few who have been lucky enough to do this job. I enjoy it, I love what I do.'



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I see there are some goalkeeping experts on here today giving us their expert critique of big FF! 15million will be the starting price for 'The Wall' come summer. It'll leave some people choking on their bile! HH.

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you're not good enough to play in the premier league or the Championship!

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shut up tom you smelly bitter man.

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dont lose sleep - wont be a problem --- you are not good enough for .the championship let alone the premiership

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