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‘IT’S CRUNCH TIME,’ INSISTS HAMPDEN HERO

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FRASER FORSTER stole the show with a Man-of-the-Match performance the last time he played at Hampden.

The England international goalkeeper was unbeatable as he twisted and turned athletically through a mesmerising 90-minute routine as a goal from Christopher Jullien gave Celtic the Betfred League Cup on December 8.

Forster highlighted an outstanding virtuoso performance with a diving save from Alfredo Morelos’ penalty-kick in the 64th minute – just moments after the £7million French defender’s devastating strike that brought the TENTH domestic honour to Parkhead in a fabulous three-and-a-half-year reign.

And now Forster, whose season-long loan deal from Southampton expires in June, is aiming to shut out St Johnstone in Perth this afternoon to book a return to the national stadium in the Scottish Cup semi-final before, of course, aiming for ultimate glory in May in the showpiece showdown.

The towering 31-year-old shotstopper, speaking to the Celtic View, said: “You want to go as far as you can in all these competitions. We just focus on each game and try to do everything we can to win it.

HAMPDEN HERO…Fraser Forster with the League Cup after his unbeatable performance in December.

“Every game is really difficult, so we can’t afford to let our concentration drift. For us, it’s all about the next game that’s in front of us and we’re not worried about playing too many games as a player.

“We have a good squad and the players who come in at any time are always ready to maintain the high standards we set ourselves in training every day.”

With a 12-point advantage in the Premiership and only 10 games to go, the last line of defence could cap his Hoops return with a personal clean sweep of domestic medals while the club aim for the historic quadruple treble.

Forster added: “It’s a great season so far, but there’s plenty of work still to do. We’ve done well to this point, but we’re reaching the stage where we need to win these games because it’s crunch time now.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but, ultimately, the next few months will decide what we achieve. It’s important that we’re fully focused and we all want to win stuff, so it’s important that we’re on top of things.”

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