Forster returns to Celtic on loan

first_imgFraser Forster has re-joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Southampton.The 31-year-old goalkeeper previously spent four years with the Glasgow side, winning three league titles and two Scottish Cups before returning to England to join the Saints in 2014.England international Forster has made 125 appearances for Southampton, but lost his place in the starting XI at the end of 2017 and was limited to just one appearance last season having fallen behind Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy in the pecking order. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The former Newcastle player is eager to build on his previous success with Celtic as he hopes to take current No.1 Craig Gordon’s place in the team. “I’m absolutely delighted to be here, it feels like I’m coming home and I’m buzzing to be back at this great club,” Fraser, who will wear the No.67 jersey in tribute to the club’s 1967 European Cup winning side, told Celtic’s website. “Now, I just want to get back training and get back playing.”Obviously, I know what the number 67 means to this great club. It’s an honour to wear the shirt and an even bigger honour to wear this number.”I loved my time here before and I felt like it was the right number for me, I’m really proud to wear it, and I want to do my absolute best for this club.”The gaffer has always been brilliant with me, and when the opportunity came up to come back and work with him again, it was one that was too good to turn down.”I’m delighted to be back – Woodsy is still here, and I know a lot of the lads, which is makes it feel like I’ve come back home. With that in mind, I hope I can fit straight back in.”Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes his side have moved for the shot stopper at the perfect time, telling BBC Sportsound: “Fraser was available, he knows the club and we know him. He had a wonderful time here the first time. He’s still only 31 so he’s still at his peak.”Lennon’s team are top of the Scottish Premiership after two games, having beaten St Johnstone 7-0 and Motherwell 5-2.They lead Rangers, who beat Kilmarnock and Hibernian, on goal difference.last_img read more

Claims for US jobless benefits tick up level still healthy

Claims for US jobless benefits tick up, level still healthy by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 6:54 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market.THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that 244,000 Americans applied for jobless aid last week, up by 6,000 from the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell by 4,000 to 241,000, lowest since July 1973.Overall, 2.06 million people are collecting unemployment checks, down 7.7 per cent from a year ago.THE TAKEAWAY: Unemployment claims are a proxy for layoffs. They have come in below 300,000 a week for 103 straight weeks, the longest such streak since 1970. The low levels of claims suggest that employers are confident enough in the economy to hang on to their workers and perhaps know it would be difficult to find replacements in a tight job market.KEY DRIVERS: Employers added a healthy 227,000 jobs in January after averaging 187,000 a month last year. The unemployment rate is 4.8 per cent, which the Federal Reserve considers full employment.“The pattern (in jobless claims) is consistent with the trend in employment growth remaining strong — more than strong enough to keep the unemployment rate trending down,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, wrote in a research report.Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said that the central bank is close to achieving its goals of maximum employment and modest 2 per cent inflation.She noted in congressional testimony last week that at the December meeting Fed officials expected to raise rates three times this year. Many private economists believe the Fed won’t start raising rates until June, giving the Fed more time to assess the potential impact President Donald Trump’s stimulus program of tax cuts and infrastructure spending will have on the economy. FILE – This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, that 244,000 Americans applied for jobless aid last week, up by 6,000 from the previous week.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) read more