Forster: We are moving forward
By: Mark Henderson on 11 Oct, 2012 10:32
THE height of Fraser Forster’s football ambition matched his lofty frame. A driven individual, he wanted to play at the highest level and test his skills against the best in the world.
That Celtic was the club where he could fulfil his aims was never in doubt to the big keeper which was why he made a permanent move to Paradise in the summer following two successful season-long loan spells.
When any talented young English player elects to ply his trade outwith the confines of their own top-flight, particularly north of the border, it invariably arouses a negative response from some blinkered individuals, unable to permeate the hype and puff of the Premier League.
Nevertheless, Forster had seen enough at Celtic during his two-year spell to realise the size and stature of the club, along with the opportunities and benefits it could provide. Significantly, this was somewhere he could flourish as a footballer and achieve his dreams.
His decision to commit his future to Celtic has been richly rewarded. His terrific form between the sticks helped the Hoops reach the UEFA Champions League group stages, the pinnacle of club football.
And just 24 hours after coming home as part of the side that memorably earned the club’s first away victory in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow, Forster was handed his first call up to the full England squad.
Naturally elated by recent events, the shot-stopper foresees a bright future in Paradise – and not just for him.
"I am obviously delighted," he told this week’s Celtic View in an exclusive interview. "Having made the move permanent in the summer, things couldn’t have really gone much better for me with the way we have qualified for the Champions League and this coming about. I think getting into the Champions League has been a real boost, so I´m delighted with the way things are going.
"Everything has worked out very well so far at Celtic," he added. "It’s all coming together quite nicely. It probably won’t sink in until after I’ve been away with England. It’s worked out well coming here. I’m very happy with the way things are heading at the minute."
“We are doing really well in the Champions League, the club is really moving forward and I think the players are moving forward with them.
“Everyone is of a similar age group so I think everyone gets on. We all seem to be improving every day, and I think we’ve shown that over the past two years, while the Champions League is a great experience for the players which can only make us better as well."
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