Forster: Celtic too good to dismiss

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Fraser Forster said he had no second thoughts about staying at Celtic because of Rangers' absence from the SPL
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Fraser Forster said he had no second thoughts about staying at Celtic because of Rangers' absence from …

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster had few concerns about the absence of high-profile Old Firm games when he considered his future this summer.

Forster rejected interest from elsewhere to sign a four-year contract at Celtic Park in the week it was confirmed there would be no top-flight football at Ibrox for the first time since the Scottish league began in 1889-90.

But the 24-year-old paid little thought to the Rangers newco's destiny when he decided to make a permanent move from Newcastle after two years on loan at Parkhead.

Forster is aiming to prove himself in the Champions League and continue benefiting from first-team football after failing to get a chance at his local club.

Forster said: "Celtic as a football club speaks for itself.

"We have got the chance to play in Europe again which I'm delighted about. With the size of the club and the European chance, it was too good to turn down."

Forster added: "Obviously the Old Firm games were big games but every game is a challenge in its own way. That, combined with Europe, should make for a good season."

Forster put the delay in agreeing a deal down to holidays from both parties.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has always stated Forster was his first choice but he confirmed Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who remains a free agent after leaving Sunderland, was in his thoughts.

"For every position you have to have options," Lennon said. "Fraser might not have signed and Craig was one of those options."

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