Fraser Forster once again came up big for Celtic and saved a penalty which could prove pivotal in Celtic reaching the latter stages of the competition.
With the game at 1-1, the ball hit Ryan Christie’s hand in the air and while the referee didn’t initially give it, it was flagged by VAR and after he had seen the replay, he pointed to the spot.
At this point, Celtic were all over the place and Copenhagen were in dreamland as they got set to take the penalty. Their cheers would turn to despair though when Fraser Forster managed to get the finest of touches to the ball to knock it onto the post and Celtic were alert to clear the danger from the rebound.
It was a big moment and the away support celebrated like it was a goal.
Speaking after the game, Fraser is delighted he could make a positive contributions and hailed big nights like this with Celtic.
“These big European nights are a fantastic part of being at Celtic. Not many players actually get to play in European games so it’s nice to be involved in them.” he told RecordSport.
“We’ve done well to progress from the group – now we want to go as far as we can.”
“It could be a big save. It’s always nice to contribute and makes saves. Luckily I guess right and it stayed out. It’s all set up for next week now.
“I knew I got a good touch on it but I was waiting to see where it went.
“Thankfully the lads cleared it.
“I was just going on a gut feeling and it worked out well. I’ll take it.
“Every penalty taker is different so you can only do so much to practise. I just wait and see and then hope to go the right well.
“I don’t really keep tabs on how many I’ve saved. Sometimes you go through spells when you seem to save a few, but there are times when you don’t as well.
“It’s just nice at the minute I seem to be making a few saves but it’s just good to contribute to the team.”
Celtic fans have been showering Fraser with praise since the game finished, and no wonder! The goalkeeper single handily won us the League Cup and is a big reason we found ourselves top of our Europa League group this time around.
7 penalties we have conceded this season. Big Fraser Forster has saved 4 of them. pic.twitter.com/LHgwjWczER
— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) February 20, 2020
Get into the overdraft for Forster. Time and time again he steps up.
— – (@Tam_Selleck) February 20, 2020
Craig Gordon penalties saved at Celtic: 1 out of 20 = 5%
Fraser Forster penalties saved at Celtic: 11 out of 22 = 50%
The Great Wall.
— Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) February 20, 2020
Celtic must do and pay whatever it takes to sign Fraser Forster this summer….the guy is incredible!
— Deejay Darby (@DeejayDarby) February 20, 2020
Even though Fraser on loan with us right now, to get him on a permanent deal would be a marquee signing in many ways. The lad has been fantastic since returning and has revived his career. Transfermarkt currently has Fraser’s value at £7.2m, would Peter Lawwell sanction a deal like that with no hope of any resale value?