Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster has now truly proved to the Hoops support that he’s still the real deal.
Once again today, he proved to be a tremendous wall for Neil Lennon’s side. There wasn’t much he could do about Eamonn Brophy’s deflected effort. However, when called upon, he batted away Alan Power’s dubious penalty with ease.
That’s now made it two penalty saves out of three since he arrived exactly one month ago. His other was another fine stop to deny Conor Washington of Hearts before the rebound was tucked home. Only Rennes’ Mbaye Niang has slotted past him from the spot this season.
But you can see the presence big Forster has offered since his return. The defence is playing with a confidence, and cross-balls into the Celtic penalty area continue to be dealt with by Forster if not his back-line.
Today’s stop from Power backed up his tremendous saves from Raphinha and Clement Grenier of Rennes on Thursday night. His confidence is growing. Even though he’s managed just two clean sheets in five appearances, you can see from his overall displays that we now have a better goalkeeper in between the sticks.
Neil Lennon offers touch of praise for Forster post-match
Manager Neil Lennon even offered a quip of praise for Forster post-match. It was nothing over the top, but the Hoops boss said the following to Celtic TV:
“My goalkeeper makes another penalty save. He’s something else that boy at times. It was a complete team performance today against a very good side.”
And Lennon is spot on. When Killie got their PK today, many in the stadium will have been dreading a struggling end to the game. 3-2 didn’t quite look as comfortable as 3-1, and big Fraser came to the rescue. Just as he used to during his first spell at the club.
Despite playing just one match last season for Southampton, Forster has arrived full of confidence and looks as fit as he ever has. You can see the work he’s been putting in on the training field during his time out of action with Saints.
And it looks as though we’re the ones who are going to reap the rewards of it too. Forster’s signing wasn’t met with total delight by everyone in the support. However, he’s won the vast majority over with his terrific start to life back in Glasgow.
With a bit of luck, he can add a few more clean sheets to his name in the coming weeks to put a deservedly nicer look to his record.