Fraser Forster has played down the importance of the Betfred Cup final in the Premiership title race.
Neil Lennon takes his eight-in-a-row champions to Hampden Park on December 8th where they will face Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. Many feel that the Hampden clash will give the winner a massive boost in the title race.
However, Forster – who has already proven his worth with a match-winning save in the home win over Lazio – isn’t so sure that it will have much of an effect. He gave his thoughts while batting away a question from the press on Wednesday.
“I see it as a one off game, to be honest,” he said. (Official Celtic YouTube channel, 8 minutes)
“It’s a cup final and both teams want to win a cup final, and I don’t think many people will be looking too much at the league on that day.
“Both teams will want to go into the match and get that first bit of silverware. But with regards to the league, I don’t know what effect that will have.”
Forster knows the title race won’t be decided at Hampden
This very topic of conversation is going to become more and more prevalent as we edge closer to next month’s face-off. Pundits will argue up and down the country about how important the clash is for the destination of the league. The truth is that we won’t know the truth until the Premiership winners are crowned sometime next year.
But we can still speculate. Put it this way – winning the Betfred Cup won’t do Neil Lennon and his players any harm. Victory would give them all a further confidence boost, as well as sapping away some of the hope from the Ibrox side.
We would be jubilant for a few days then would have to get back to business. Just like what we’ll have to do if we somehow lose the final.
Losing is a little unthinkable for many Celtic fans, and rightly so given the way we demolished our rivals on their own turf in September. If we were to come off second best next month, they would grow in belief, and retaining the title would become that little bit harder.
But, make no mistake about it, we’d still be overriding favourites.