Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic and Rangers both secured excellent Europa League results against Lazio and Porto respectively on Thursday.
Celtic and Rangers both secured terrific results in the Europa League on matchday three and, speaking to BT Sport (24 October, 10.30pm), Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was keen to single out Fraser Forster and Alfredo Morelos for praise.
Rangers have lost just three out of 25 continental fixtures with Steven Gerrard at the helm and they produced another creditable performance away at Portuguese giants Porto on Thursday, Colombian striker Morelos scoring his 16th goal of the season already to cancel out Luis Diaz’s rocket of an opener.
It was a brilliant finish from Morelos, who showed class and a clinical eye to ruthlessly smash home from a glorious Borna Barisic cross – but Forster proved to be equally heroic for the club on the other side of Glasgow later in the evening.
It was his outstanding 93rd minute save from a thumping Danilo Cataldi volley that secured a 2-1 win for Celtic at home to Lazio, just moments after Christopher Jullien had headed in the decisive goal at the other end.
And Scholes was effusive, well as about as effusive as Paul Scholes can really be, about two moments of magic which kept the Old Firm duo above water in the Europa League group stages.
“Oh what a strike, (Cataldi) will be so happy with that. But how has the keeper…he’s across that side (of the goal anyway) but what a save!” said the two-time Champions League winner of Southampton loanee Forester, before turning his attention to Morelos.
“You’re thinking ‘go on and hit it first time’,” Scholes adds. “But (Morelos) has got the composure to control the ball and side foot it into the top corner. It’s a great goal.”
With genuine game-changers like Morelos and Forster in their ranks, don’t rule out Celtic and Rangers qualifying for the knockout stage as they aim to make Scottish teams feared once again on the continent.