Forster could become our Schmeichel or Buffon – Celtic’s Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has spoken of the importance of having a top quality goalkeeper in his side.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has spoken of the importance of having a top quality goalkeeper in his side.

24-year old gloveman Fraser Forster was permanently signed by the Hoops this summer after two seasons on loan from Newcastle United and he has already paid off some of the £2million the Glasgow club invested in him.

On Tuesday night, Forster made a string of vital saves to keep Celtic in the lead in their Champions League play-off first leg against Helsingborgs in Sweden.

The eventual 2-0 can be attributed to goals from Kris Commons and Geogios Samaras but the clean sheet directly comes down to Forster whose performance suggests he could be on his way to becoming a star.

“I’m delighted with Fraser. I have always felt, from my own experience and from watching all the other teams in Europe away from home, that you need your keeper to play well,” Lennon told reporters.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Celtic, Man United, Juventus – any team. You need a bit of luck at times and a keeper who can make a difference.

“Fraser was fantastic on Tuesday night. He made big saves at big moments and was the catalyst for the result.

“We might need another decent performance from him in the home leg (on Wednesday) because I’m sure Helsingborgs will try to come at us.

“Goalkeeper is such an important position. We’ve had him on loan for two years but now we’ve bedded him down for the next three or four so we feel he is a great signing.

“He’s a keeper who can win you matches – just as all the good goalies do. Allan McGregor did it for Rangers over the years and Andy Goram before that.

“At Celtic we had Artur Boruc. Then there’s the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Gigi Buffon. The list is endless. These guys are worth their weight in gold at times.”

 
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