Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster after his vital penalty save in the Hoops’ 1-1 draw against FC Copenhagen on Thursday evening.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that the Bhoys have done “amazingly well” to sign a player of his quality.

The 31-year-old proved to be the hero in Denmark as he plunged to his right to paw away a 78th minute spot kick that ultimately meant Neil Lennon’s men go into the second leg next week with the advantage of an away goal.

 And Whelan has been quick to reiterate just how important that save could prove to be.

“It’s huge,” he told Football Insider.

“You see that as a win, really, when you get a 1-1 away from home. That’s a huge result.

“It’s always difficult going away from home and travelling, but they’ll feel like they’ve done their job – and Fraser Forster, again, he just goes to show why he’s such a good player. He’s a great goalkeeper.

“You don’t lose that sort of quality. You get older, but you never really lose that sort of quality. I think Celtic have done amazingly well to get hold of him, and he might be the big difference come the end of the season.”

Forster has been revelation since returning to Celtic Park on loan from Southampton at the beginning of the season.

The six-cap England international has kept 15 clean sheets in 34 outings for the Hoops so far this term across all competitions, as well as saving four penalties.

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