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Thursday 28 August 2014

Celtic's record-breakers are no invincibles

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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster on way to breaking Celtic record of clean sheets during the Scottish Premier League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster on way to breaking Celtic record of clean sheets during the Scottish Premier League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Fraser Forster is a Celtic record holder. By the end of the month he could hold a world record too.

The Hoops' English goalkeeper recorded his 11th consecutive clean sheet in Sunday's 1-0 win over St Mirren – one more than fans' favourite Charlie Shaw a century ago.

It's now 1,035 minutes since Forster had to pick the ball out of the net. The world record stands at 1,311 minutes and is held by former Manchester United and Netherlands star Edwin van der Sar.

Can you imagine how the Dutchman will feel if Forster takes the record away from him?

When van der Sar raised the bar, he was playing for a top team in a highly competitive Premier League at the time.

Forster, on the other hand, spends that much time as a spectator that clubs should consider asking him to buy a ticket.

It would be a grave injustice if he gains a world record in those circumstances.

It's the same as the team itself. The Hoops are unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership this season. That has led to them being mentioned alongside Arsenal's invincibles of 2003-04.

Do me a favour.

With Rangers two divisions below them, if Celtic can't go through a season without losing a match they should hang their heads in shame.

No offence to Fraser himself, or the club in general, but breaking records with Celtic at the minute is like Tony McCoy setting his riding a thoroughbred in a donkey derby.

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