Mixu Paatelainen fumed at Hibs snubbing Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster is set to start for England tonight. Picture: AFP
Fraser Forster is set to start for England tonight. Picture: AFP
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IT’S no secret that Hibernian once turned down Fraser Forster - but former Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen ‘let out about five expletives’ when he mentioned to a scout his interest in the goalkeeper only to be told Hibs had already turned him down.

Paatelainen had been watching a youth game between Newcastle and Manchester United, and pointed out Forster, then playing for the Magpies to ex-Hibs scout Ian Brown.

But unbeknownst to Mixu, Forster had already had a two-week trial at Hibs only to be told he would never make it as a goalkeeper because he was ‘technically untrained’.

Brown revealed, in an interview with the Daily Mail, that Paatelainen then ‘let out about five expletives’ as he lamented the missed opportunity by his club.

Tonight Forster will start for England in a friendly match against Holland as fellow goalkeepers Joe Hart and Jack Butland are both unavailable.

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