Earlier this week, the Daily Record noted how Celtic were the highest-scoring team in all currently active top-flight European leagues and the Scottish champions further enhanced that status on Wednesday night.
The Hoops ran out 4-0 winners against Motherwell at Fir Park, the second away match in a row in which they struck four times, having also done so against Hamilton last Sunday. Odsonne Edouard opened and rounded off the scoring for Neil Lennon’s team against the ‘Well, with second half goals from Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor taking Celtic past the 70-goal mark in the Premiership this season.
However, the eventual margin of victory may have been a lot less comprehensive had it not been for the alertness of goalkeeper Fraser Forster at the other end. The 31-year-old kept his 12th Premiership clean sheet of the season on Wednesday in his 23rd league match this term, with shutouts in 52.2% of his league outings in 2019/20. The former England international has conceded just 13 goals in the league, which works out at 0.57 per game.
It took Edouard just nine minutes to open the scoring against Motherwell but Forster had already been called upon by that stage, saving a 25-yard effort from Rolando Aarons in the early exchanges at Fir Park. He kept out an effort from distance by Jermaine Hylton later in the half and, shortly before the interval, he pulled off an excellent save to push away an angled drive from Aarons. Forster had a much quieter second half, with Celtic adding three more goals as the home side were overrun by the rampant visitors after the interval, but he had done his fair share in ensuring that Lennon’s side had a lead to take into the second half with them. [via Sky Sports]
Amy Canavan of Read Celtic awarded him an eight in her player ratings and said that he had a “great game” and “pulled off some fantastic saves in the first half when it was all Motherwell”. Writing for 67hailhail.com, David Walton described the Hoops ‘keeper as “solid as a rock” and noted his “positive ball-handling”, round off by saying that he “fully merited the clean sheet”.
It may have been Edouard who helped himself to two goals and it may have been McGregor who conjured an exquisite second half volley, but Forster’s string of first half saves also deserve plenty of recognition, with the 31-year-old standing tall during a period when Celtic were rigorously tested by Motherwell.
Celtic fans, do you think Forster was one of the team’s best players against Motherwell? How vital has he been to Lennon’s side this season? Share your views in the comments section below!
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