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Forster closing in on clean sheet record

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Fraser Forster is 87 minutes off Edwin van der Sar's UK record © PA Photos
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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster equalled the Scottish clean sheet record with his 12th consecutive shutout in their 3-0 Premiership victory over St Johnstone on Sunday.

Forster is now just 31 minutes shy of former Aberdeen goalkeeper Bobby Clark's 43-year-old record of 1,155 minutes without letting in a top-flight goal.

Forster can achieve his place in the history books against Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday, and manager Neil Lennon praised him as one of the club's greatest goalkeepers.

"He can be really proud of what he is doing at the minute," Lennon told reporters after the game. "It means a lot to him personally. He's got 31 minutes to go and these are great incentives for the players, not just to win the title, but to win it in a certain style.

"He's a fantastic goalkeeper. He's one of the best Celtic have ever had. For him to achieve what he has achieved in such a short space of time, I think, is miraculous."

In November, Forster was handed his first England cap by Roy Hodgson in the 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley. He is 87 minutes shy of the UK record, which is currently held by Edwin van der Sar, and last conceded a league goal in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen on November 23 last year.

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