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Forster heroics the greatest I've seen, says Ajer

Top quality: Fraser Forster
Top quality: Fraser Forster

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has admitted the pressure might have got to them at Hampden.

But the Norwegian was a relieved man after Fraser Forster produced the best goalkeeping display he has ever seen to clinch the Betfred Cup with a 1-0 victory over Rangers.

Forster saved an Alfredo Morelos penalty as well as a string of other efforts from the Colombian after earlier making a stunning stop to prevent Ryan Jack's effort reaching the top corner.

Celtic survived a red card for right-back Jeremie Frimpong to record their 10th consecutive domestic trophy and Ajer was happy to win without being anywhere near their best.

"We weren't great but you know how it is in a cup final, all the pressure is on us," the centre-back said. "We knew that before the game so we didn't really manage to play our game.

"Luckily we have a goalkeeper who is unbelievable. It's probably the best performance I have seen from a goalkeeper, he saved every shot, even the penalty was just fantastic. We needed him."

The 21-year-old added: "I never have a doubt in this team. We go out every game wanting to win and we know, especially for a cup final, the fans will be behind us. You have to accept that Rangers played a really good game as well. They were pressing us high and we didn't manage to get out.

"But we got away from the pressure and won the final so we are happy."

Rangers will need to brush off the psychological blow of Sunday's game with their Europa League fate being determined on Thursday, while Celtic have already reached the knockout stages ahead of their trip to Cluj.

But Ajer does not believe the outcome of the Hampden clash will have a lasting effect on the Ladbrokes Premiership title race.

"I don't think we need a morale boost," he said. "We go into every game playing for this massive club knowing there is pressure. We are happy to achieve what we want to achieve so far but we know there are so many games coming up."

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