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Football: Forster sets Scottish record as Celtic break Hearts

Leigh Griffiths scored his first goal for Celtic and 'keeper Fraser Forster set a new Scottish clean sheet record in a 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday. The Hoops had scored seven on their last visit to Tynecastle in December but the runaway league leaders failed to register a shot on target in a tight first half. Bottom-of-the-table Hearts were much improved this time round and were hopeful of halting Celtic's run of 15 straight victories before Griffiths pounced in the 58th minute to open his scoring account for the Hoops.

Football: Forster breaks 43-year-old Scottish record

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster established a new record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in the Scottish top flight during his side's game at Hearts on Saturday. By keeping Hearts at bay for the first 31 minutes at Tynecastle, Forster broke the previous record of 1,155 minutes set by Aberdeen goalkeeper Bobby Clark in the 1970-71 season. England international Forster, 25, had kept 12 consecutive Scottish Premiership clean sheets prior to Saturday's game. He last conceded a league goal during Celtic's 3-1 home win over Aberdeen on November 23.

Football: Shilton urges England hopeful Forster to leave Scotland

Peter Shilton has told Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster he must quit Scottish champions Celtic and play in the Premier League if he wants to have an England career. The 25-year-old Forster has impressed for the Glasgow giants, notably while on Champions League duty against Barcelona, and recently broke a 92-year-old Celtic record when he went 11 successive games without conceding a goal. But Celtic are currently a huge 21 points in front at the top of the Scottish Premier League, with arch-rivals Rangers banished from the top flight for financial irregularities.

Football: Celtic boss backs Forster for England role

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is in no doubt goalkeeper Fraser Forster could do a job for England after the shot-stopper was linked with a move to Barcelona. Forster impressed against the Spanish giants with several fine saves in Celtic's 1-0 Champions League loss at Parkhead on Tuesday. That prompted Barcelona defender Dani Alves to say Forster, included in England's squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, could replace Victor Valdes when he leaves the Catalan club next year.
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