Noel Whelan has compared St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark to Celtic fans’ favourite Fraser Forster after his cup heroics against Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker heaped praise on the 28-year-old for his “incredible” match-winning performance at Ibrox.
Clark assisted Christopher Kane’s 122nd minute equaliser before saving two penalties as heavy favourites Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the quarter-finals.
The St Johnstone shot-stopper almost single-handedly defeated Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday, having a devastating impact in both boxes.
Whelan drew comparisons to Fraser Forster’s display in the Scottish League Cup final in 2019 and suggested Celtic fans would be similarly pleased.
“Clark was just incredible really,” he told Football Insider.
“The performance reminded me of Fraser Forster in the cup final last season, one of those games where you just cannot do anything wrong.
“Everything fell into place nicely for him and like with Forster, I’m sure Celtic fans are very happy about Zander Clark’s performance!
“He was key to the victory on the day for St Johnstone. It was a cup shock, that is for sure.”
Speaking about his hand in the late equaliser, Clark told Premier Sports: “No, I can’t believe it!
“There’s been so many times this season I’ve thought to myself, ‘I’m going to go up’ and then I look at the bench and they’re like ‘no!’
“Tonight I just thought it’s all or nothing and I’d get myself up.”