Neil Lennon singles Fraser Forster out for praise after 4-0 win over Kilmarnock

Neil Lennon: Singled out Fraser Forster for praise

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Neil Lennon paid tribute to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster after he equalled a club record for clean sheets in the 4-0 win over Kilmarnock.

Celtic moved 18 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after strikes from Joe Ledley, Charlie Mulgrew, Amido Balde and an own goal from Lee Ashcroft secured a comfortable home victory against Killie.

Another clean sheet from Forster meant the champions matched the record of 10, last achieved in 1921/22 and he was given a round of applause by fans at the final whistle.

Lennon said: "He made a terrific save at 2-0 and he has done that in the last two or three games.

"He is another player in superb form and thoroughly deserves all the accolades that will come his way.

"It is a fantastic achievement and we are hoping to keep that run going if we can."

Kilmarnock lacked a cutting edge, but boss Allan Johnson insisted he could not gamble on the fitness of top-scorer Kris Boyd, who was left on the bench.

"He came in on Monday with a couple of knocks and his calves were tight," he said.

"He is too big a player for us to gamble with, we need to make sure he is good for the remainder of the season.

"You are always going to miss someone of his quality but the last thing you want to do is gamble with his fitness."

Reflecting on the match, Johnson said: "I don't think we can take many positives. Celtic were different class with the way they passed and moved.

"If anything, we can take lessons from that."