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Forster: Celtic can complete Italian job

FRASER FORSTER is hoping to become a record breaker against Udinese on Thursday after breaking Hearts on Saturday.

The on-loan Newcastle keeper produced an 88th-minute penalty save against Hearts to keep Celtic four points behind Rangers, ahead of a visit from Ally McCoist's side in a fortnight's time.

On Wednesday, Celtic fly out to Italy to face Serie A leaders Udinese with the most unwelcome baggage in the Europa League - one win in 32 games. To top things off, Celtic have never won in Italy, with even the great sides of Jock Stein and Martin O'Neill failing to register a victory.

The reluctant arrival of Manchester United and Manchester City into the Europa League has given the competition a shot in the arm, but unless Celtic can reverse seven years of failure in Europe, they'll be watching the Thursday night action from afar rather than being centre stage.

Celtic must win away to Udinese to join Atletico Madrid in the last 32, but Forster is full of confidence.

"We have to win out in Udinese which, if we play the way we can, is possible," the keeper claimed. "We've been delighted with how we've played in what is really a Champions League-quality group.

"Records are there to be broken, we've just got to go and play the way we can."

Udinese beat Chievo 2-1 at home yesterday to move a point ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A.

Celtic go into the match on the back of a six-match winning run in the SPL that has clawed back the deficit to Rangers from 15 points to four.

It took a goal 18 minutes from the end by Victor Wanyama to secure the points for Celtic.

On the injury front, Kelvin Wilson could return to action against Udinese after three months out with an Achilles injury, but Glenn Loovens is out with a hamstring strain.


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