Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas has hailed current shot-stopper Fraser Forster as “outstanding” after seeing him in a recent match.

The goalie for our famous run to Seville in 2003 saw the Englishman in action during the win over Lazio at fortnight ago. Forster made a string of saves during that engrossing encounter – most notably in stoppage time from Danilo Cataldi’s dipping volley.

However, Douglas reckons that the stop wasn’t even Forster’s best of the night.

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“I think Fraser is a massive presence for Celtic,” he said on BBC Sportsound. (05/11/19)

“I was at Celtic Park at the European game against Lazio and I thought he was outstanding. You would have had a few doubters at the first goal he conceded then he’s made two massive saves.

“I think the block is a better save because of the size of him. But he’s a massive presence for Celtic and I think he gives them that all round assuredness.

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Douglas is right to heap the praise on Forster

Forster is likely to have another busy night in the rematch against the Italians on Thursday night. The big Englishman will be tested again in the vast Stadio Olimpico as Simone Inzaghi’s side aim to get their Europa League hopes back on track.

It makes such a difference for us to have a goalkeeper we can rely on in the big nights. In recent years we have gone into tough European arenas with the likes of Craig Gordon, Scott Bain and Dorus De Vries. While all three have had decent careers, you don’t get the same inkling that they’re going to save us like Forster can.

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Put simply, neither of the aforementioned trio would have saved Cataldi’s last minute strike. Nor would they probably have got to the low block that Douglas referred to.

There’s the difference right there. Forster is winning big points for us on his own. That is the sign of a truly great goalkeeper.

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