Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster left Rangers captain James Tavernier impressed after yesterday’s Scottish League Cup final at Hampden, The Scottish Sun report.
Neil Lennon’s men emerged as 1-0 victors in the derby final, thanks to a Christopher Jullien goal, lifting a tenth successive domestic trophy.
There’s no doubt it was a difficult 90 minutes, with Celtic having to dig deep to repel Steven Gerrard’s outfit.
If not for the heroics of Forster, there’s every chance we would not have found a way to win.
For Tavernier, it was a day of missed opportunities and through his massive disappointment, he couldn’t help but be impressed by the display of the Celtic goalkeeper.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Fraser had one of those games. He kept them in it.
“We kept on having shots, creating chances, and he kept on pulling off incredible saves. Then the Alfredo shot that went across the goalmouth, we had some unbelievable chances, but could not score.
“We just could not get it in.”
Our signing of the season?
The majority of Lennon’s signings over the summer transfer window have been a big success, but Forster stands head and shoulders, quite literally, above most of them.
The shot-stopper has conceded just 13 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions, keeping nine clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
Even in matches where we’ve let a goal slip through, he’s been crucial, including a wonder evening against Lazio in the Europa League group stages.
It’s hard to imagine how our season might have turned out to date if not for him.
Would we already be qualified in Europe? Would we have beaten Rangers? It’s hard to answer yes to both questions.
Luckily it’s not something we have to consider and hopefully we can convince Southampton to part with him permanently.