Fraser Forster’s display in Rome tonight has captured the imagination of some Celtic fans.
Celtic made history tonight in Europe as they overcame Lazio 2-1 in Italy to record our first ever win there. It was a simply sensational evening, and one that will live long in the memory of Hoops supporters.
But it wouldn’t have been possible had Forster not been in outstanding form. He conceded early on when Ciro Immobile fired the Serie A big-hitters 1-0 ahead. However, he then produced a couple of outstanding stops either side of the break to keep us in the game.
And reacting to his display, it’s fair to say these Hoops supporters were impressed:
— MissDoc_x 🍀 (@MissDoc_x) November 7, 2019
Forster is a gift from God 😇
— 🍀 Michelle 🍀 (@MichelleKowals2) November 7, 2019
Fraser Forster has got to be man of the match 👌 we need to get him signed permanently 🍀x
— Pamela McDade (@PamelaMcDade) November 7, 2019
For as poor as Forster May have been in first half he was out of this world in 2nd half , Christie is a player and half , broony excellent, cal Mac outstanding again! And Forrest great n Hayes worked his arse off #Celticfc https://t.co/kYE71nlhKq
— 🍀💚🏴 Anthony aka Mr Indy1888🇮🇪🍀💚 (@independent1888) November 7, 2019
In the big games Fraser Forster rises to the occasion once again 🔥 #WALL
— FAWCUS (@IAmTheFawcus) November 7, 2019
Big shout out for Fraser Forster again…brilliant saves to keep us in it. He had a shaky first half but the big man yet again did it when it mattered.
— 3rdFrame (@The3rdFrame) November 7, 2019
Fraser forster kept us in it tonight man, hero
— dylan (@__DG7__) November 7, 2019
Will never understand how Fraser Forster was third choice keeper at Southampton. Big man is made for these nights. 7th November 💚
— Amy Canavan (@amyjcanavan) November 7, 2019
Fraser flashes us back to that heroic night seven years ago
Seven years ago, Fraser inserted himself into the hearts of Celtic fans with a stunning individual performance against Barcelona. The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta all failed to find a way past him.
Tonight, however, he produced something similar. Okay, fair enough, we didn’t get put under the same level of pressure that Barca did all those years ago. However, Lazio had some tremendous openings that forced Forster to smartly deny the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Berisha, and Luis Alberto respectively.
Had it not been for his authority in goal, Celtic could’ve been on the wrong end of that result tonight. It was simply heroic from the England international.
It’s yet another shot in the arm for Neil Lennon’s recruitment job over the summer too. Getting Forster back now looks like a no-brainer. The fact he’s inserted himself into a match like this one and come through it so impressively is all credit to him.
You can bet performances like this will lead to a higher quantity of supporters wanting us to sign him permanently. But, just like the hard-working Mohamed Elyounoussi, let’s just enjoy Forster whilst he’s here.
Once again, he’s written himself a fine new chapter in his Celtic career. It likely won’t be the last.