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  • James Forrest on his top five trophy wins of the last decade

    James Forrest on his top five trophy wins of the last decade

    By: Joe Donnelly on 28 Mar, 2020 10:31

  • BEHIND club captain Scott Brown, James Forrest is the longest-serving Celtic player in the current squad. Handed his debut at 18 years of age by Neil Lennon on May 1, 2010, the 28-year-old midfielder is now closing in on 400 Hoops appearances, and his trophy haul boasts eight league titles, five Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

    Of those domestic honours, which does he consider his favourites? That’s a good question – one which we put to the man himself, as he reflected on a successful decade at Paradise.

    Here's Forrest on his favourite trophy triumphs in green and white over the last 10 years. 

    GAME: Celtic 1-0 Rangers
    DATE: December 8, 2019
    COMPETITION: League Cup final

    ‘This one definitely felt like a bigger deal to us all. With the previous trophies we’d won to that point, I wouldn’t say that we won them comfortably, but the matches were probably more straightforward from our perspective. I think there was more in this one as well, because it was against our rivals, it was the first time we’d played them in a final for a number of years, and, credit to them, they played well on the day.

    ‘We also didn’t play at our best. A lot happened in the game as well – we went down to 10 men, so we played a lot of the second half with a man down, they missed a penalty – with these things considered, as well as all of the emotions of the game, it was a different type of victory for us.

    ‘Big Fraser did so well throughout the whole game as well, and while it probably wasn’t our best performance by any means, the boys really turned up in the last half-an-hour or so and were unreal.

    ‘We had to dig deep, show good mental strength and get the game and final over the line. In the end, it was a massive win for all of the players, for the manager, the coaches, the backroom staff and, of course, the fans.’

    GAME: Celtic 2-1 Hearts
    DATE: May 25, 2019
    COMPETITION: Scottish Cup final

    ‘Winning last year’s Scottish Cup final was a big one. To win the Treble Treble was one thing, but to go down 1-0 and fight our way back into it, and then go in front to win was an incredible feeling.

    ‘The previous few months before that game were difficult for everyone at the club. We had a change in management, but still managed to keep winning on the pitch and keep doing what we’d been doing up to that point.

    ‘The scenes afterwards, everyone out on the pitch with the trophy, the fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone... It was quality!’

    GAME: Celtic 5-0 Rangers
    DATE: April 29, 2018
    COMPETITION: League championship

    ‘Another great season, with so many big wins and great memories. Winning the league in front of your home fans is something that will always be special, and do that against your rivals makes it even more special again. I also scored my first ever derby goal, so I was naturally pleased with that as well.  

    ‘With the league that year, we could have won it the week before. But, again, to bring it back in front of our home fans at Celtic Park, and to win the derby and the league with such a good, high-scoring performance, I think I’d say that was my favourite trophy win of that campaign.’

    GAME: Celtic 2-0 Motherwell
    DATE: May 19, 2018
    COMPETITION: Scottish Cup final  

    ‘That said, to win the Double Treble at Hampden was a great achievement as well. The Scottish Cup final that year was only a few weeks after we’d won the league title, and with two goals in the first half, we were comfortable going into the second.

    ‘Cal and Olly did the business that day, and the celebrations afterwards – the open top bus back at Celtic Park, the nice weather and the fans – that was all incredible as well.’

    GAME: Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
    DATE: November 27, 2016
    COMPETITION: League Cup final

    ‘What was my favourite trophy of the Invincibles season? I’ll maybe say the first cup final because I scored in it! No, joking aside, I still think I’d say that one even if I hadn’t scored.

    ‘Don’t get me wrong, scoring in that final makes it even more memorable for me, but it was also the first trophy of that incredible run, and the current run we’re still on now. That win set the Treble Treble in motion, even if we couldn’t have even guessed or dreamt that at the time.

    ‘It was a good one to get in the bag before Christmas that season as well, and that League Cup win kicked us on for the rest of that season, and for the next couple after that.’  

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