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  • Forrest the hat-trick hero as Hoops edge five-goal thriller

    Forrest the hat-trick hero as Hoops edge five-goal thriller

    By: Mark Henderson on 10 Feb, 2018 14:15

  • Scottish Cup fifth round
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    CELTIC...3
    (Forrest 2, 10, 54)

    PARTICK THISTLE...2
    (Doolan 20, Sammon 84)

    JAMES Forrest hammered in his first-ever hat-trick as the Hoops edged past Partick Thistle to seal their spot in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals, on the day the Celtic family remembered former player Liam Miller.

    Forrest had already bagged his brace inside the opening 10 minutes as the champions made a blistering start to the contest.

    Although Kris Doolan reduced arrears, profiting from Jozo Simunovic’s errant back-pass, Forrest finished off a long passing move early in the second half to put the hosts back in charge.

    Brendan Rodgers’ side spurned chances to add to their tally, before Connor Sammon gave the visitors hope with a goal six minutes from time.

    But the Celts saw out the closing stages