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BROWN PRAISES HOOPS WIDE BHOYS

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SCOTT BROWN has hailed Celtic’s wide Bhoys James Forrest and Scott Sinclair for their sensational form this season.

The spotlight has been mainly on Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths who have scored 20 goals between them with the French ace four ahead of the Scot with 12 strikes.  

However, it is the support of the flankers that has been just as impressive for Brown and, in particular, the exploits of new signing Sinclair and the rejuvenated Forrest.

Sinclair has claimed seven goals since his £4.5million move from troubled Aston Villa while Forrest has claimed five.

Hoops skipper Brown said: “For me, Scott has been exceptional. His movement, his willingness to run in behind and be unselfish has been excellent.

“I have been playing quite a bit on the left and it has been great to play alongside Kieran Tierney and Scott because the two of them always demand the ball.

“You know that Scott can then beat a man or two and lay on a chance for Leigh or Moussa. He has been fantastic. He has real pace, but you also see his willingness to work off the ball.

“Scott doesn’t have to dive into tackles and stuff, we are not asking him to do that, but he can get into people’s faces and maybe nick the ball.

“That’s what he has done and he has also taken us up the park when we have been under pressure. You saw that against Manchester City and even in bits against Barcelona.

“It is just great to have that in the team. Someone who wants the ball for 90 minutes.

“Scott has come up here and is flying. It must have been hard for him at Villa last season because he was defending a lot, but now he has the luxury of a free role out on the left to create chances and score goals.

“And if you look at James, he is also flying. I don’t think he had scored five goals in training over the past nine seasons!

“It also seems the only way he can score is with the outside of his peg!

“But it has been brilliant to see his new lease of life. Again, there is a willingness to run in behind and close people down. It is fantastic.

“It helps when everyone plays with a smile on their face. We enjoy going back to Celtic Park in front of 60,000, like the way it used to be.

“That’s what you want, to be enjoying games, winning leagues and winning cups.”

 
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