Celtic keeper Forster praises fantastic Lennon


Fraser Forster has lauded the ability of Celtic manager Neil Lennon and his ability to get the best out of players.

England international Forster joined Celtic on a season-long loan this summer after slipping down the pecking order at Premier League outfit Southampton, who have Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy battling for the number one jersey.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a successful spell at Parkhead from 2010-2014, having spent the first two seasons on loan from Newcastle United before a permanent move was agreed in June 2012 for £2million.

Forster, who has made two appearances since returning to the Scottish champions, worked under Lennon during his first four years with Celtic and the keeper has praised the ability of the Northern Irishman, who was appointed permanently this summer after taking temporary charge in February following Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Leicester City.

Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “Neil is just such a good man-manager. He installs that belief in us as players. He reaffirms how much he believes in us. He just gets the best out of the players.

“We’ve got a good squad and that’s what it’s about. Getting the best out of everyone as an individual and then collectively as a team. For me, he was brilliant the first time and he’s brilliant for me the second time.

“We had a fantastic record here. You can’t really argue with his record as manager when he was here.”

Celtic, who failed to qualify for the Champions League this term but have made it into the Europa League group stages, are aiming to complete an unprecedented ‘quadruple-treble’ this season, having won all three domestic trophies on offer for the past three years.