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Unsung Hero: Fraser Forster’s saves ultimately proved crucial for Celtic in last-gasp win over Hamilton

Unsung Hero: Fraser Forster’s saves ultimately proved crucial for Celtic in last-gasp win over Hamilton

Celtic went two points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night after a dramatic 2-1 victory over Hamilton at Parkhead.

Ryan Christie opened the scoring for the Hoops in the 13th minute and it was a lead they maintained going into the closing minutes.

Then, on the verge of second half stoppage time, Marios Ogkmpoe stunned the home support with an equaliser out of the blue, but there was still enough time for Celtic captain Scott Brown to come up with a potentially huge goal in this season’s tightly-contested title race. [via Sky Sports]

The Hoops’ night got even better with the news that Rangers dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Aberdeen, thus enabling Neil Lennon’s side to pull clear at the top ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup final between the Glasgow rivals.

While Brown ultimately produced the match-winning moment, Celtic’s 11th consecutive win in all competitions owed plenty to the efforts of Fraser Forster in goal.

The on-loan 31-year-old came up with some impressive saves on the night and, given how tightly the game was contested, those moments would end up making a significant difference.

Early in the second half, Forster did well to get across his goal-line and get a hand to Sam Stubbs’ header from a Hamilton free kick, pushing the ball against the post and away to safety. [via Sky Sports]

With Celtic carrying a nervy 1-0 lead going into the final few minutes, the English goalkeeper again stood up when called upon, tipping over a deflected shot and denying Accies substitute George Oakley.

While he was eventually beaten by Ogkmpoe, Hamish Carton of 67hailhail.com felt that Forster was blameless for the goal and wrote that he “looks almost unbeatable at present” in awarding him a seven in his player ratings.

Kade Kistner of The Celtic Bhoys somewhat harshly gave Foster only a 5.5, feeling that his “complacency” allowed Hamilton back into the match but still acknowledging that he “made some huge plays throughout the game”.

Forster recently dismissed the possibility of him being recalled by parent club Southampton, as per the Daily Record. Based on his performance against Hamilton, and his heroics against Lazio last month which earned him adoration from many Celtic fans, the Hoops can be glad to hear that he plans to stick around in Glasgow for another few months at least.

Celtic fans, what did you make of Forster’s display against Hamilton on Wednesday? Comment below with your views!

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