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Famous win just won't sink in - Forster

FRASER FORSTER has admitted that it'll take months for Celtic's victory over Barcelona to sink in.

As the club celebrated it's 125th birthday a whole new chapter was opened up as goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt gave Neil Lennon's side a famous Champions League victory.

The drama began in the 21st minute when midfielder Wanyama headed in from a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

The home side had to defend for most of the game as the star-studded visitors hit the woodwork twice and goalkeeper Forster pulled off a couple of vital saves.

However, in the 83rd minute 18-year-old Watt, on for Mikael Lustig to make his debut in the group stages of the competition, raced away to score the second, leaving Lionel Messi's late strike a consolation.

Supporters will argue where last night's victory rates amongst the legendary games in the clubs' history, which includes Champions League wins over Manchester United and AC Milan.

Forster had an outstanding game, pulling off a series of instinctive saves to add to his glowing reputation.

"I don't think this result will sink in for months," the giant keeper admitted. "We're delighted with the result. We're an ambitious group of players, we focused on the job on hand and knew what we had to do.

"The gaffer has built a fantastic young squad, we're eager to impress. We all want to perform in the Champions League and are pleased to be playing at this level.

"We lost a few players over the last week but we have great belief and a fantastic squad. Everyone wants to be playing on match days and the boys that stepped in tonight showed how good they are.

"The two goals that we scored were very satisfying. We identified the possibilities that we'd have from set-pieces. When Tony made it 2-0, it gave us a bit more of a base to build on but Barcelona are always capable. All day long I'd have traded a clean sheet for three points!"

Celtic's win gives them a great chance of progressing into the knock-out stage of the Champions League with a worse case scenario of third place and a Europa League place open to Lennon's side.

After opening their campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Benfica Celtic go to Lisbon at the end of the month knowing that a repeat of their win in Moscow will guarantee their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.

Forster added: "We've taken it one game at a time and focused on each game individually. We haven't got ahead of ourselves or anything like that. We haven't put any pressure on ourselves. We've enjoyed it week by week and we're picking up results. Now we've got great belief in ourselves.

"Over the last year or so we've really grown as a squad. We're a lot more experienced. Last year's Europa League campaign helped us a lot. We've got some fantastic players in the squad but more importantly we are a strong team and everyone will give 100 per cent for their mate next to them."

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon experienced an all-time highlight in the Group G win at Parkhead.

He said: "This is up there with anything I've done in my life.

"Playing-wise, being in the team that reached the UEFA Cup final was special and the 10 years I had under Martin O'Neill were great times. I had great times under Gordon (Strachan), making the last 16 (of the Champions League) and beating Manchester United.

"But as a manager, I don't know if I will top that. I hope I do and progress. I am still young, still learning, but it's up there with anything I've achieved, not just in my football career, but in my life."

Lennon admitted his side carried some luck, but was just as quick to point out the difference between the two clubs.

He said: "Barcelona had good chances and once again my keeper made some great saves.

"To beat Barcelona you need your goalkeeper to play well and the men in front of him to be disciplined and concentrated.

"When we scored first we knew the storm was coming and it came.

"You need some luck. Barcelona hit the post and crossbar and they can feel unlucky that they didn't get something from the game.

"But as far as we are concerned we just played the best team in the world and Tito Vilanova can bring on David Villa and Cesc Fabregas and I am bringing on an 18-year-old kid who cost £50,000 from Airdrie."

Barca coach Vilanova said: "If we had scored first it might have been a different game. But they scored first which allowed them to defend and their goalkeeper was brilliant.

"It is not the first time we have lost a game like this and it won't be the last."


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