Chris Kirkland has revealed that not even the prospect of linking up again with Gordon Strachanat Celtic could dissuade him from the chance of joining West Bromwich Albion.
The injury-ravaged Liverpool goalkeeper arrived at The Hawthorns yesterday to begin the start of a two-week trial to prove his fitness. If, by the end of it, he has established that his back problem is cured, then he will sign a year-long loan contract.
Liverpool would not be able to recall him at any time during the season, which should place a big question mark against the future of 32-year-old Russell Hoult, Albion's first-choice keeper since January 2001.
But, for now, Kirkland simply wants to play in the Premiership with Albion rather than head north of the border to play under Strachan, who sold him to Liverpool from Coventry City for £6 million in August 2001, barely a week before being dismissed.
Instead, Kirkland has been lured by the chance of resuming work on a daily basis by Albion's goalkeeping specialist Joe Corrigan, once his keepers' coach at Anfield.
Kirkland said: "I had the chance to go to Celtic. But I wanted to stay in the Premiership as it is the place to be."