Jamaal Lascelles comments on Forest return and whether he would celebrate scoring

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle while sustaining a injury to the mouth

The Newcastle United captain says old friends will become enemies on Friday night.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has promised that he will celebrate if he scores against former club Nottingham Forest on Friday night, as reported by Chronicle Live.

Lascelles will return to the City Ground for the first time since he finally left the East Midlands in the summer of 2015 when the Magpies come to visit.

Having come through Forest's youth academy, the centre-back stayed on loan for the 2014-15 season after signing with Newcastle in 2014.

After playing 66 times in total for Forest before his final departure, Lascelles has flourished on Tyneside and will be relishing the thought of returning to his former home.

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates scoring the first goal for Newcastle United

However, he has insisted that there will be no lingering sentiment once he is out on the pitch, even going as far as to confirm that he will not think twice about celebrating if he scores against his former team.

Lascelles said, via Chronicle Live: "I have a lot of memories there. I was there from eight and they brought me through the ranks. I don’t know how they will take to me, boos or claps. If I score I am definitely celebrating.

"Obviously when I signed for Newcastle I was loaned back to Forest and they didn’t give me the greatest of times during that year - it was a strange year. I was a Newcastle player, but I was playing for my old club and that was hard to get my head around.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

"It will be nice to go back. Some of the boys I played with are still there. We can be friends off the pitch but on it they are my enemy."

That pledge is unlikely to endear him to his former supporters, but all Lascelles will really care about is ensuring that Newcastle get back on track.

It has been a difficult week for the Magpies. First they suffered a shock home defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, and then they crashed out of the EFL Cup on penalties in midweek.

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle while sustaining a injury to the mouth

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