Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Neil Lennon heaps praise on Celtic's record breaker Fraser Forster

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster

Celtic 1 St Mirren 0: Celtic boss Neil Lennon hailed goalkeeper Fraser Forster after the England international broke the club's long-standing record of clean sheets during their 1-0 win over St Mirren.

Forster overtook Charlie Shaw's 92-year-old record with his 11th consecutive clean sheet in the league.

The Scottish Premiership leaders chiselled out a 1-0 victory through Kris Commons' fifth-minute strike, the forward's 22nd goal of an outstanding season, and Lennon was proud his team had managed to break a record which Shaw managed in both the 1913-14 and 1921-22 seasons.

"It's something that we're all very proud of, I'm sure particularly Fraser," Lennon said.

"We certainly don't take it for granted. These are special times for the players, when they look back on their time here they can look at that as quite an achievement.

"It's been a long time coming. To break (the record) is fantastic."

The Celtic manager was delighted with his side's overall performance, and singled out debutant and man-of-the-match Stefan Johansen for special praise.

"I was really pleased with the performance. Our football at times was fantastic and we were in total control of the game. There were some great performances, particularly Johansen on his debut. It's as good a debut as I've seen in my time as manager here, so I really enjoyed watching us play today.

"The only thing that was missing was a couple of more goals, which would have really emphasised our superiority in the game."

Upon learning that Forster is only four games away from the world record for consecutive clean sheets, Lennon said: "It's something to aim for.

"We've just hit a really good vein of form in terms of our football, and I'm enjoying the way we are moving and passing the ball."

Striker Anthony Stokes was the main culprit in front of goal but Lennon refuted suggestions there was extra pressure on the striker now that Leigh Griffiths had arrived in the transfer window.

"It's just another striker in," Lennon said. "I thought he [Stokes] played well today. The only thing he was missing today was a goal."

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