Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Quote of the day

"That’s his opinion. I think the SPL’s a much tougher league than people give it credit for – but everyone’s entitled to their opinion and I’m just proud to come and play for such a massive club as Celtic. The chance to play in Europe is something that very few clubs and very few players get to experience. Everyone want to get through on Thursday for their own reasons. Obviously Alan Pardew is the manager at Newcastle and he can have his opinion – as anyone can – but I think it’s important that we focus on ourselves and don’t worry about anybody else."

Celtic loanee Fraser Forster takes issue with Alan Pardew's dismissive characterisation of the Scottish Premier League.

It wasn't the only opportunity the big 'keeper seized to have a subtle dig at Pardew: "In football you never know – things change in a split second – so I was serving my time back at Newcastle over the summer and put the work in. It dragged on a bit but I’m just happy to be back. There’s nothing better in football than having someone who really wants you and someone who’ll put the confidence in you." Anyone else sensing a strained relationship? If Forster's desperate to leave on a permanent basis, then that would explain our otherwise mystifying interest in Charlton's Rob Elliot - but why didn't we just accept the Bhoys' money when it was offered rather than insisting on another loan deal?

Forster's second League debut north of the border ended in embarrassing home defeat to St Johnstone at the weekend. Another loanee fared better, though, James Tavernier having a key role in the winning goal as Carlisle overcame Bournemouth, after which manager Greg Abbott singled our man out for praise.

Meanwhile, Michael Richardson's loan spell isn't exactly going to plan. Although he played the first 68 minutes for Leyton Orient on Saturday, the Os ended up losing 5-0 to London rivals Brentford, and are now the only team in League One yet to pick up a point. Phil Airey didn't feature for Hibs either in Saturday's home defeat by St Mirren or last night's League Cup pummelling of Berwick, while Kazenga LuaLua was a second-half substitute as Brighton threw away a two-goal lead and with it their 100% record on Saturday. Last night's sub appearance will have been much sweeter, the Seagulls sending Ol' Cauliflower Face and a strong 5under1and side crashing out of the League Cup at the first hurdle. I suspect he may have celebrated Craig Mackail-Smith's winner more than most...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think big Forster could do a real turn for Newcastle, but I'd be happy if you were to offload him to us (Celtic) in the long run.

He isn't spectacular or fancy, he's just a steady goalkeeper. He won't be pulling off any camera saves.

2:57 am  
Anonymous Kevin Harker said...

Having lived and worked in London, the North-East and Glasgow over the past twenty years, I have been lucky enough to watch football played at Upton Park, St James, and Parkhead. Mr Pardew was very over rated at West Ham, and known locally for being a "gobshite" when it came to trashing others players. It would seem that he has now graduated on to other managers. There are none so dumb as those who refuse to learn. The one thing that both the Mags and the Celts have in common is their zeal for the game. Nothing comes before football, the undying support never waivers, even during the lean times. It was such a shame to hear Pardew rubbishing Celtics game play as well as their league. Perhaps he should have taken stock of the 60,000 plus fans that Celtic attract every home game. The Mags are an honourable team and do not need yet another Cockney mouthpiece stirring up bitter hatred from our Scottish friends across the border. Shame on him and those who follow in his wake.

8:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the similar passion our supports show, I find the apparent distain for each other strange.

I first noticed a number of digs against Celtic on Newcastle websites and since have witnessed a growing dislike from Celtic fans towards them.

7:07 pm  

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