Messi: Ex-Celtic star Fraser Forster put in the best goalkeeping performance I’ve ever seen

Emilio Izzaguirre, Fraser Forster

Lionel Messi believes Fraser Forster put in the best goalkeeping performance he has ever seen.

The Argentinian maestro was quoted by the Daily Record as saying Forster, now with Southampton, put in a performance that was not human when the Bhoys defeat Barcelona 2-1 at Celtic Park in 2012.

“The performances of Fraser Forster against us were talked about for a long time,” the world superstar said. “There was one game in Scotland where he was not human, it is the best goalkeeping performance I have seen.”

That game, in the group stages of the 2012/13 edition of the Champions League, ended in a surprise victory over Barca, thanks for goals from Victor Wanyama and a Tony Watt strike.

Messi did scored a consolation goal, but the result was clinched, and in no small part thanks to Forster - who played a memorable game for the Bhoys.

The stopper made an impressive seven saves, and marshalled a defence that blocked 25 shots from the La Liga giants. It took until the 90th minute for Messi to finally net for the visitors, and even that was after the English ‘keeper had saved a strike from Pedro.

It was one of those magical nights at Parkhead, and an experience that has not really been matched since then, and Messi continued to address those games with Celtic - which he wants to happen again, with the Bhoys qualifying for the Champions League proper.

“The games against Celtic were special and I want to remember them,” Messi added. “We know we would get a tough game if we drew them in the Champions League, but everybody involved in those Barcelona v Celtic games wants to go and play there again. It is the best atmosphere in Europe and we all want to experience that again.”

With Ronny Deila's men close to clinching the Scottish Premiership title, Celtic look to have assured qualification for the preliminary rounds of the competition, and many will be hoping they do better than they did in the early rounds of this year's edition.

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