Barry Ferguson believes Rangers lost the Scottish League Cup final to Celtic because of one star’s ‘colossal performance’.
Celtic extended their incredible domestic trophy winning streak to ten by winning the Scottish League Cup against Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday. The final was a close affair as expected between two of the best teams in Scotland, with The Hoops managing to walk out with a 1-0 win thanks to Christopher Jullien’s striker on the hour mark. Jeremie Frimpong’s red-card could have proved to be a huge turning but the Hoops put in an inspired performance with 10 men.
Rangers dominated the game statistically but could not take their chances. Despite both sides having the same possession of the ball, they had the lion’s share of shots with 16 and 7 of them on target compared to Celtic’s 5 and 1, respectively. A lot of the blame should fall on the shoulders of Alfredo Morelos. The striker wasted chance after chance and even missed his penalty in the 64th minute, thus extended his goalless streak against Celtic.
But Fraser Forster also deserves a huge chunk of the credit. The Englishman put in arguably his greatest performance in a Celtic shirt which will surely be talked about for years to come. He pulled off a stunning one-handed save from Ryan Jack, denied Morelos from close range a number of times and even saved his penalty. And it is safe to say Celtic would not have won the final with Craig Gordon or Scott Bain in goal.
And Barry Ferguson believes that it is the performance of Forster that denied Rangers their first major trophy since 2011. Speaking to the Daily Record after the game, the former Rangers star said:
“I can’t believe Rangers came out of the Betfred Cup Final as losers,” said the former midfield maestro.
“Anyone who watched the match would have seen they were obviously the dominant team. But Celtic had one guy in unbelievable form.
“It was a colossal performance from Forster. He was unbelievable and some of the saves he made were right out the top drawer.
“Only an incredible display of goalkeeping deprived (Rangers) yesterday.”
Fraser Forster is only on a season-long loan at Celtic Park from Southampton at the moment. And after Sunday’s performance, the Hoops board must do everything they can to sign him on a permanent basis next summer.