Fraser Forster’s performance against Rangers was perhaps one of the best goalkeeping displays we’ve seen at Celtic for years.
He put in a man-of-the-match display against Steven Gerrard’s side as he denied Alfredo Morelos on several big occasions. The Columbian then saw a second-half penalty thwarted by Forster, who also made another world-class stop from Ryan Jack.
Words can’t describe just how instrumental he was to today’s Betfred Cup win. It’s our 10th competitive competition win domestically, and without Fraser it would’ve likely stayed at nine.
He’s been talking to the BBC (Rangers vs Celtic live blog, 17:11), and the delight is clear in his comments.
“As long as you win, that’s all that matters. We really had to fight and grind it out.
“It was just one of them days, it went my way today. I’m buzzing. There’s been days when it’s not gone my way, today it has. I can’t say how much it means to me.
“I didn’t really think about the penalty to be honest – I picked the way it went. I’ll take it. That’s why I came back; to play in games like this, to win silverware, to play European football.”
Indescribable display from Scotland’s best goalkeeper
Sensational stuff from Forster, and his attitude pretty much sums him up as a person. These words show just how modest the big man is.
However, it wasn’t just one of those days like Forster says. It was simply down to a sensational one-man show as he made stop after stop to keep us in the game.
He’s now managed to keep back-to-back clean sheets against Rangers and has proven time and time again to be a big-game player. The fact that we were allowed to take him on loan from Southampton is quite incredible.
All eyes will, of course, be on securing nine-in-a-row first and foremost. However, come the summer, we have to have our sights set on trying to bring him in permanently. You can see the enjoyment he has when playing for Celtic, and the club must feel like a second home to him nowadays.
It’s not just the derby games where he’s come up trumps this season either. He managed similarly stunning performances against Lazio (x2) as well as consistently impressive displays domestically. Right now, he’s the in-form goalkeeper in Scotland.
We can all drink to big Fraser tonight. What a signing and what a shot-stopper. It’s good to finally be able to have genuine trust in our number one once again.