Neil Lennon sends message to Gareth Southgate regarding Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster was in inspired form in the Scottish League Cup final against the Rangers as he kept Celtic in the game almost single-handedly at times. And Neil Lennon has sent a message to England national team boss Gareth Southgate regarding the keeper.

It is unbelievable to think that Fraser Forster had not been able to make the Southampton starting XI on a consistent basis for the good part of three seasons before making the move back to Glasgow on loan earlier this summer. But he has proved to be an inspired signing as it is safe to say that Celtic would not have walked out as League Cup champions on Sunday with either Craig Gordon or Scott Bain between the sticks instead of the Englishman.

Forster was an absolute wall on Sunday against the Rangers. He made a single-handed save from Ryan Kent early in the game before keeping out Alfredo Morelos on a number of occasions. Then in the 64th minute he came up good again as he saved the Colombian’s penalty to prevent the Rangers from equalising with Celtic down to 10 men at that point after the sending off of Jeremie Frimpong.

It was arguably Forster’s greatest performance in a Celtic shirt and led his manager to suggest Gareth Southgate to call him up to the England national team. Speaking to The Scotsman following the game, Lennon said:

“I think he’s better now than he was before and I certainly think (England manager) Gareth Southgate should have a look at him. He’s been unbelievable. He’s more mature.”

Forster has made 6 appearances for the England national team but has not featured in the Three Lions squad since August 2017. But after his impressive performances this season, an international comeback could be on the cards for the keeper.


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