Celtic’s Fraser Forster explains fourth penalty save of the season

Celtic’s 1-1 Europa League draw with FC Copenhagen leaves them in the driving seat

Fraser Forster of Celtic saves a penalty at Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty Images

Fraser Forster of Celtic saves a penalty at Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Fraser Forster insists there is no overthinking on his part after another penalty save in Celtic’s 1-1 Europa League draw with FC Copenhagen in Denmark.

French striker Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring after 14 minutes of the first leg of the last-32 tie but 34-year-old Senegal striker Dame N’Doye levelled for the home side seven minutes after the break.

In what was Celtic’s first experience of VAR in a competitive game, Russian referee Sergei Karasev used a pitchside monitor before awarding Stale Solbakken’s men a spot-kick after 78 minutes following a Ryan Christie handball.

However, Forster tipped Jens Stage’s penalty onto the post and away — his fourth penalty save in seven this season.

Forster said: “It’s always nice to make them. It is what we play football for. I am on a nice run.

“I don’t really overthink it, I go with my gut feeling and sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not so it’s nice to make the save.

“There’s no way he (Christie) can get his hand out of the way — it’s not deliberate.

“With VAR, if it hits the arm, it’s going to be a penalty. You have to take it and move on. It was a good point in the end but it could have been more.”

Christie, who will miss the return game in Glasgow next week through suspension after picking up a yellow card for the hand ball, said: “Yeah, I went straight up to Fraser after the game to thank him. It is incredible the amount of penalties he has saved.

“Every time someone steps up you have confidence in him to save it and it is pretty strange to have that. It did hit my hand, I am honest enough to say that but there was nothing I could do about it, I was so close and to get the yellow card is a frustrating thing.

“The referee booked me for a deliberate handball, it certainly wasn’t deliberate and now I’m the one who misses out again.

“It is frustrating and the whole game I had that in my head. I was keeping my composure and not jumping into tackles. It is frustrating to be on the wrong side of what I think is a tough decision.”

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