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  • James Forrest: Hard work and love for Celtic has fuelled success

    James Forrest: Hard work and love for Celtic has fuelled success

    By: Tony Connelly on 18 Apr, 2019 10:01

  • JAMES Forrest’s wonder goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final epitomised his incredible form this season, and the Hoops winger revealed the reason behind his success was down to hard work and a love for Celtic.

    Forrest opened the scoring against Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday with a spectacular left-footed strike from 30 yards which flew into the top corner, setting Celtic on their way to a 3-0 win and a place in the Scottish Cup final, where Hearts are the opposition.

    And the winger recalled a conversation with the manager before the game about another left-footed goal he scored early in his Hoops career.

    “The first touch was good and the second touch got it out from my feet so I tried to hit it cleanly,” he told the official Celtic website. “I was buzzing when it hit the back of the net and I felt we really kicked on from there after that goal.

    “The manager said before the game that he could remember a game at home against Hearts where I got the ball and scored with my left foot. He reminded me of that conversation after the game. I don’t normally shoot from outside the box but sometimes if it’s sitting well, then the manager will encourage you to shoot because you never know what can happen.

    "I don’t mind playing on the left or on the right, as long as I can help the team."

    The goal was Forrest’s 17th of the season and equalled his previous best, which came during last season's Double Treble run. During that campaign, he also contributed 10 assists, and he has already doubled that with 20 assists this season.

    Success has only heightened Forrest's motivation and added he had no plans to slow down during the remaining six games of the season. 

    "Last year was my best season ever and I feel I’ve kicked on again," Forrest said. "That’s what I always want to be doing. There are six games left in the season now and I’m just going to take it a game at a time and hopefully keep contributing to getting more.

    "It’s always good to hit landmarks like that. There are five more league games so I’m going to keep working hard and hopefully try and add to what I have just now.

    “The last couple of seasons I’ve tried to help out with assists and I’m happy to build on that. As an attacker for Celtic, you’re always looking to create and score goals. The stats this season are good and I want to keep working on them.”

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