By Alan Hutton

23rd Feb, 2020 | 9:00am

'Massive' - Exclusive: Hutton compares Celtic star to 'Top-quality' Rangers ace

Alan Hutton has compared Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster to Rangers counterpart Allan McGregor after his penalty save against Copenhagen on Thursday. 

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the save was a “massive moment” in the match with the scores level at 1-1.

The 31-year-old dived low to his right to tip Jens Stages’ penalty onto the post after Ryan Christie was adjudged to have handled the ball from a corner.

Odsonne Edouard had opened the scoring for the Bhoys after 14 minutes but a second-half resurgence from the home side resulted in Dame N’Doye levelling just before the hour mark.

When asked how significant the save would be in the context of the two legs, Hutton told Football Insider: “It was a massive moment in the game.

“When I was watching I knew he was going to save it. Forster is so big, it looks difficult to get past him. It is like (Allan) McGregor – every time Rangers concede a penalty I think he is going to save it. He is a top-quality goalkeeper.

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“It could have been different at Parkhead (had the penalty have been scored). Copenhagen could have sat in and had a lead to protect.

“The flipside to it – you play well, miss some chances and they win the game… It could have been damaging psychologically. A goal would have made the second-leg more difficult.” 

Forster is currently on loan at Neil Lennon’s side from Premier League Southampton until the end of the season.

The second leg of the Europa League Round of 32 tie will be played at Parkhead next Thursday.

In other Celtic news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider star player may not be at Parkhead next season.