Forster reveals Premier League desire
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster admits he harbours ambitions of playing in the Premier League, but only if he is guaranteed to be playing first-team football.
Forster, 24, has been in impressive form this season, inspiring Celtic to the Champions League last 16, as well as earning a first call-up to the England squad, prompting rumours that he could soon be set for a move down south.
The ‘keeper, who hails from Hexham, says he will return to the country of his birth one day, but only when the time is right.
"With the quality of the players we've got in the squad, a lot of them will move on at some stage and I'm no different," he told the Times. "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 a bench somewhere."
Forster arrived at Celtic on a permanent deal last August, having spent two seasons on loan at the club from Newcastle, where he failed to make a first-team appearance.
And with the Premier League thriving as one of the best leagues in the world, he concedes that it is hard for goalkeepers to always get the chance that they deserve in England.
"It's tough for goalkeepers as there are only 20 in the Premier League and some of those clubs have great keepers as well," he said. "Some years you find that a few goalkeepers move on and that can start off a chain reaction. But other years not a single keeper moves and nothing opens up."
Forster added: "For me, it's all about performing as well as I can for Celtic and hoping people are watching, so that when the summer comes, or whenever I want to leave, someone will take me. If you're playing well for your club, then there's likely to be some interest, particularly after the season we've had in the Champions League."
Having sampled the experience of being in and around the England squad this season, the Celtic man is keen to further his international chances and even has hopes of tying down the No. 1 spot.
"I want to stay in the England squad and push Joe as much as I can for that No. 1 spot," he said. "I want to push him all the way. As a kid growing up, you always want to be No. 1 and that hasn't changed. My long-term ambition is to be England's No. 1. It might take a few years, it might take ten years, but I'll keep on working as hard as I can to achieve that goal.
"I was delighted to get into my first England squad, but once you've had a taste, it's where you want to stay."