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Major Mistake Allowing Newcastle United Academy Prospect To Leave

8 years ago

Being a Newcastle fan in Scotland is not easy, with the majority of Scots supporting either Rangers or Celtic.

Luckily I escaped this fate by my father being a Geordie but I often get dragged into ‘a side’ by my friends, thankfully I remain a neutral in the divide across Glasgow.

Tuesday at work I get a call asking if I would like to go to Celtic Park for the match vs Barcelona, now, a Champions League game, a chance to see Barcelona again, you can’t pass that up – I went along.

On arrival I was suspecting the worse for the Celtic fans (predicting a 1-4) though on around the 23min mark, I started comparing/contrasting Celtic’s discipline and positioning in defence to Newcastle’s from Monday night!

It was an impeccable display from Virgil van Dijk and Efe Ambrose (who I hadn’t even heard of either!), though the odd one-on-one and shot was duly saved by…Fraser Forster.

I remember, as we all probably do, Forster playing against Leeds in a pre-season friendly and how awful he was, flapping at crosses and generally looking dazed and confused, although after a run of matches in the Celtic team, albeit vs the likes of Dundee and St Mirren, seems to have shaken the cobwebs out of his head.

It took 76’mins and down to 10 men for Barcelona to finally break them down and that was only because Celtic had a very rare attack on Barcelona and they passed it up the park and scored, with the majority of Celtic players knackered in the other half of the pitch!

If you watch his double save from Neymar and Sanchez you’ll see how good he is after the confidence boost he has had, a big lad to get down twice that quickly is remarkable!

After watching the highlights of Joe Hart vs Bayern Munich I fail to see how Roy Hodgson could possibly play him in front of the ex-Newcastle man based on recent performances.

You can follow Alan on Twitter @AlShea09


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