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  • Forrest: Dramatic win a huge boost for the Bhoys going forward

    Forrest: Dramatic win a huge boost for the Bhoys going forward

    By: Tony Connelly on 18 Mar, 2019 09:31

  • JAMES Forrest said Celtic’s dramatic last-gasp winner against Dundee has further strengthened the unity within the squad and reiterated the focus remained solely on the Hoops and not the other teams in the league who have fallen further behind.

    The Scottish champions increased their lead at the top of the table to 10 points with the 1-0 win at Dens Park on St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday).

    Jim McIntyre’s team made Celtic work hard for the victory with a resilient defensive display which frustrated the Hoops as the game went on. Neil Lennon's side created enough opportunities in front of goal throughout the 90 minutes, and were unfortunate not to have taken the lead earlier.

    Several stoppages led to six minutes of added time, and it proved to be just enough as goal hero, Odsonne Edouard, popped up with the winner in the 95th minute, with Forrest providing the assist.

    Speaking to the media after the game, Forrest summed up the importance of the result and what it meant to the team.

    “It was a massive win for us,” said the 27-year-old winger. “It’s unbelievable. We had half-chances earlier but it shows the resilience of the boys that we managed to keep going and get the goal at the end.

    “Last minute goals mean so much to the fans and everyone involved. You could see that from the reaction and those moments really help bring us all together.

    “Odsonne’s done well to slip me in and he was there for the return. It was a great finish and really composed. It sometimes gets a little frustrating when things aren’t going our way but we persevered, and getting the win is a big boost for the changing room.

    “The manager said at half-time that he’d take that as long as we kept pushing. He highlighted how important it was for us to get the win before the international break and we’re delighted with the three points. We can go into it high in confidence and feeling good. When we come back we have a massive game and we’ll return raring to go for the last part of the season.”

    The result comes ahead of the international fixures this week and puts Celtic in a strong position to secure an eighth successive league title. Forrest admitted the gap was significant but quickly added Celtic were not looking at the other teams around them.

    “It’s massive to have that 10-point gap, but we just need to focus on ourselves and take it game by game," he said. "Teams aren’t going to make it easy for us and we’re going to have to go out there and win it. We want to get over the line and get there as quickly as we can.”

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