Pat Bonner has joked that Fraser Forster should have caught the ball when he made the ‘incredible’ save that helped Celtic to a famous Europa League win over Lazio.

The Hoops keeper dived acrobatically to his right to brilliantly repel a flashing Danilo Cataldi volley in injury-time.

And Bonner, the legendary former Celtic goalie, reckons the dramatic finish to the hard-earned 2-1 victory simply capped a ‘special’ night of European football at Parkhead.

He said: “It was incredible - and right to the end with that climax.

“I actually thought Fraser Forster should have held that ball!

“What a save it was. We were just waiting for that ball to hit the back of the net, but he got his 6’7’’ [frame] right across and got a strong hand on it.

“It was incredible and that was the climax of a pulsating game.

“It was a great night. The fans were up for it and it really was a special European night.”

The win leaves Celtic top of Group E with seven points from a possible nine and in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages.

And Bonner is adamant the Scottish champions should be confident for the return match with the Italians in a fortnight as they thrive under the management of Neil Lennon.

He added to BBC Scotland: “Certainly they’ve nothing to fear, they can go out and match this team.

“They look much stronger now, Celtic, they have a better balance to their team. They have a much better, stronger squad than Brendan [Rodgers] had.

“Brendan played good football, we know, but they were wide open at times.

“That doesn’t look as if it’s the way Celtic are approaching games at the moment.

“They’re playing good football and they’re on the front foot but they’re also much stronger, defensively.”