Fraser Forster’s performance for Celtic in the Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers has to go down as one of the best individual displays by a Celtic player in a cup final.
His range of saves were top class, with his penalty stop from Alfredo Morelos being a game changer in particular. The display vindicated Neil Lennon’s decision to bring the player back to Celtic for a second spell at the club.
Should be given international recognition
So good was Forster’s performance, that he should be rewarded with a call-up to the England squad the next time they are in action. However, that is probably unlikely to happen.
The reason for that – Forster plays in Scotland. Now, it should be pointed out that Forster was first called-up for England during his first spell with Celtic.
However, since then Forster struggled to get a game for Southampton, and eventually lost his place in the England team. That has changed since his return to Celtic.
Just like in first spell with the Hoops, he is performing heroically in Europe. Just look at his performances against Lazio. However, that probably won’t be enough to get him a recall to the England squad, as Scottish football is really not taken that seriously down south.
In England, the standard of Scottish football is not really looked upon favourably, and you can understand why. However, Forster’s performances make him stand out from the rest. He is undeniably one of the best goalkeepers in British football right now.
It could even be argued that he is in better form than Everton’s Jordan Pickford, who is currently England’s number one goalkeeper.
Hopefully England boss Gareth Southgate hasn’t forgotten about Forster, and watches him play sooner rather than later. The Glasgow derby at the end of the month seems like an ideal fixture for him to attend.
Who knows, should Forster gets an England recall whilst still a Celtic player it might encourage him even more to make his stay at the club a permanent one.