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  • James Forrest: We’ll treat this season like the previous nine

    James Forrest: We’ll treat this season like the previous nine

    By: Joe Donnelly on 31 Jul, 2020 19:01

  • ALONGSIDE Scott Brown, James Forrest has played in every one of Celtic’s current nine in-a-row run. On Sunday, the Youth Academy graduate embarks on his 11th season in the Hoops senior side and he wants nothing more than to replicate the success of recent years.

    Brian Rice’s Hamilton are the Hoops’ opponents on Flag Day at Paradise (4.30pm kick-off), which is where the 29-year-old midfielder’s focus lies. Forrest a firm believer in playing game-to-game, and reckons this mantra has paid dividends for the squad over the course of the last decade.

    “Every year is big at Celtic, and it’s not going to be any different this year,” said Forrest in an exclusive interview with the official matchday programme. “There are a lot of boys in this dressing room who’ve been here for several years, and even the newer faces understand things here at the club. We’ve got a tight group, and the staff are really good at focusing us on playing game-to-game.

    “Sometimes people outwith our group – fans or media or whoever – like to look two or three or four games down the line, but we can’t afford to do that. If you do that, you take your eye off the games in between. With that in mind, it’s good that we keep our eye on the next game, and that’ll be important this season.

    “We didn’t get to celebrate with the fans because of circumstances outwith control, and winning the league just makes the boys come back hungry and ready to kick off the season looking to do the same this campaign.”

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    Speaking of Sunday’s visitors, Forrest recalled their last trip to Celtic Park – when Scott Brown’s dramatic 92nd minute winner outdid Hamilton’s 90th minute equaliser – and is preparing for a similarly well-contested encounter.  

    He added: “It’s always a tough game against Hamilton. We’ve had some good results against them in recent years, but the last time they came to Celtic Park was pretty dramatic, with Scott Brown scoring with the last kick of the ball after it looked like Hamilton had grabbed a point with a late goal themselves.

    “So we know that these games can be tight. It’ll be different, given it’s our first competitive game without fans, but everybody is looking forward to it and we’ll do everything we can to get our first three points.”

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