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Zaluska battling to win Celtic No 1 fight with Forster

Lukasz Zaluska is determined to keep Fraser Forster under pressure for his place as Celtic's first-choice goalkeeper after extending his stay in Glasgow.

Zaluska, who has signed a three-year contract extension until 2015, has had to be patient for his chance, with on-loan Newcastle goalkeeper Forster having succeeded Artur Boruc as first choice.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Parkhead from Dundee United in 2009, said: “I have become a Celtic supporter, I love this club and I feel so good here. Of course I'm not happy being number two, I want to be playing all the time.

“Everything changes so quickly in football and I have to be ready to take my chance. I know the gaffer (Neil Lennon) trusts me and that's why he offered me the new deal.”

The Pole is still eager to succeed at Celtic, despite limited opportunities, with Forster's form key in the Scottish Premier League title push.

“You train so hard and every day you do something extra, but when it comes to Saturday and there is a big match, or a European game during the week, it's difficult,” said Zaluska.

“When you're a striker you can play 10 minutes, score a goal and then start the next week, but it is different with the goalkeepers.

“It's hard to stay motivated all the time but if you are a professional footballer, especially at a club like Celtic, then that's your job. You have to keep a high standard and push the first goalkeeper.

“You can see that with Fraser. He has played really well this season and part of my job is to push him all the time. That's why we haven't lost many goals this season.”

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