Jackie McNamara admits he was blown away by the “unbelievable” performance of Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the club’s 2-1 Europa League win over Lazio.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland defender says that the shot-stopper was vital in securing victory against the Italian side, pulling off a number of top-class saves to keep the visitors at bay.
While the Serie A outfit took the lead in Glasgow on Thursday, a very late goal from Christopher Jullien ensured that the Parkhead faithful went home happy after Ryan Christie’s had levelled the scores.
However, it was the performance from the man between the sticks which had McNamara raving, the former Hoop insisting the giant stopper was absolutely huge in securing all three points.
McNamara told Football Insider: “Forster made a couple of fantastic saves as well, the one just before Celtic scored was an unbelievable save, and then the one right at the end.
“Fantastic from him and why they brought him back; Because of the saves, they’ve won.
“He’s had unbelievable nights there (at Celtic) in some of the games. The result was important but they were important saves at important times of the match. Right at the end, right at the death, it’s some save that.
“Celtic have had two good keepers with Gordon and Bain’s done well, but they have three unbelievable keepers at the club at the moment.”
Forster has firmly established himself as Neil Lennon’s first choice between the sticks, Craig Gordon and Scott Bain left battling it out to play second fiddle to the Southampton loanee.
The 31-year-old, who first arrived at Celtic back in 2010 on loan from Newcastle United, has a total of 207 appearances under his belt for the Glasgow giants, 10 of those coming this season.