Gorkss previews Rangers return
Kaspars Gorkss took time out to speak to readingfc.co.uk ahead of the Capital One Cup clash against his former club QPR. The towering defender reflected on his time at Loftus Road and gave his thoughts ahead the match…
Kaspars, are you excited to be returning to one of your old clubs in QPR?
I’m really looking forward to it – it will be an emotional return. As I’ve said before, QPR was probably the first game I looked for when the fixtures came out. But now we’ve drawn them in the Capital One Cup, we’re playing them sooner than I thought!
You spent three seasons with Rangers – how did you enjoy your time there?
I had three great years there and I’ll always remember my time there with a smile on my face. It was special to win the league with QPR but even more so with Reading. Now to get a chance to play in the top flight is fantastic.
It’s fair to say it’s been a tricky start for Reading so far in the Premier League – what have you made of it?
We haven’t really performed well yet. We’ve had spells in games but I think overall we’re not happy with how we have started the season and we have a lot of things we can improve. The game is going to be very big for us to get the confidence back and hopefully we can win and kick on from there.
It looks like Jimmy Kebe will return tonight from injury – what do you think he can bring to the squad?
I always have a smile on my face when someone mentions Jimmy! He’s special on and off the pitch and we love him here! It’s great to have him back – and I think Jason Roberts is pretty close to coming back from injury too. Maybe that’s exactly what we need. The one thing about cup games is that the manager can look to bring in other players and see if they can come in and improve our game.
Should you score tonight against QPR, will you celebrate?
It’s not about celebrating or not celebrating. I have the biggest respect for QPR and they will always have a big place in my heart. First I need to score and then see how I feel!
Do you still keep in touch with your former teammates at Loftus Road?
The other day I had a coffee with Alejandro Faurlin – I still keep in touch with him and a few others and will do for a long time.