Fraser Forster has revealed that two men made the decision for him to return to Celtic- Neil Lennon and Stevie Woods.
The giant keeper was in constant touch with his Parkhead pals throughout the close season before deciding at the weekend to make his move permanent.
Forster has made 91 appearances for Celtic in two loan spells and will play his 92nd when Celtic enter the Champions League qualifiers in four weeks time.
“After winning the league it was the right decision for me to come back to Celtic,” the keeper told The Sun. “The opportunity to play in the Champions League was something I couldn’t turn down. I’m excited about that.
“I was never tempted by other possibilities. There’s always speculation, but in my mind I felt I’d end up back at Celtic.
“I’m very happy that I’m going to be at Celtic for the next four years at least. We won the league last season and it’s important we aim to keep on improving, individually and collectively.”
Forster added: “The manager’s faith in me means a lot, I’ve loved my two seasons at Celtic and he’s done so much for my confidence.
“He gave me my chance at Celtic and has stood by me ever since and it’s just about me repaying him now.
“The manager and goalkeeping coach Steve Woods were in constant touch with me throughout the close season, never easing up on the contract situation!
“I actually think me and Woodsy have spoken on the phone just about every day since the season ended.
“It’s a wonder we’re not sick of each other but, seriously, they could not have been better with me. It’s a great feeling to know you’re wanted so much.
“I’ve spoken to the gaffer probably every three or four days during the holidays and he’s never left any doubt about his desire for me to sign up.”