FRASER FORSTER broke the heart of Steven Gerrard and his Ibrox players with a series of breathtaking saves as Celtic lifted the Betfred League Cup at rain-lashed Hampden yesterday.
The towering keeper was unbeatable as a strike from unlikely goal hero Christopher Jullien brought the Hoops their TENTH successive domestic trophy to continue their domination of Scottish football.
Forster topped a truly magnificent performance by saving a penalty-kick from Alfredo Morelos only moments after Neil Lennon’s men had taken the lead.
The unassuming shotstopper, on loan from Southampton until the end of the season, told the BBC at the end of a momentous occasion: “I can’t say how much this means to me.
“It was just one of them days, it went my way today. I’m buzzing.”
ON THE SPOT…Fraser Forster moves to his right as Alfredo Morelos fires in the penalty-kick.
EYES ON THE BALL…Forster keeps his focus.
SAVED…Forster parries the Colombian’s spot-kick – and Celtic are on their way to glory.
Celtic had to play more than a third of the game with only 10 men following the red card for Jeremie Frimpong as he challenged Morelos at the spot-kick incident, but mainly due to the magnificence of the custodian there was no way back into the game for the opposition.
Forster showed signs of what to expect when he clawed away a searing shot from Ryan Jack in the 14th minute as the ball looked destined for the top left-hand corner of the net.
The England international said: “As long as you win, that’s all that matters. We really had to fight and grind it out.
“There have been days when it’s not gone my way, today it has. I didn’t really think about the penalty, to be honest. I picked the way it went. I’ll take it.
“That’s why I came back; to play in games like this, to win silverware, to play European football.”