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FORREST EXPLAINS ‘GUTTED’ HOOPS’ ROUT

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JAMES FORREST admitted Celtic took out 13 days’ worth of frustration as they swept devastated Ross County to a 6-0 hammering at Parkhead.

The winger, who scored his eighth goal of the season in an astonishing second-half blitz on the Highlanders, told how he and his team-mates had been “gutted” to lose 2-0 at Livingston in their previous Premiership encounter.

The dismal performance against Gary Holt’s outfit came off the back of dropping two points against Hibs at Easter Road in a 1-1 draw where they surrendered their 100 per cent domestic record.

But the eight-in-a-row champions answered Neil Lennon’s rallying call by going out and routing the Dingwall side with five of the goals being crammed into Ross Laidlaw’s net in a one-sided contest after the interval.

Forrest, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been thinking about the dropped points and we wanted to put that right.

“We’ve started the season well, but didn’t do ourselves justice in the last two games. That can happen.

“Livingston deserved to beat us, but that was more like us, we looked more like ourselves.

”At half-time, with the score 1-0, Ross County were still in the game even though we had a lot of chances. But we came out in the second-half and got the goals we couldn’t in the first.

“All the boys looked at it from the off and the manager says it’s up there with the best he’s seen us play.

“We all enjoyed it and didn’t want it to finish because we were so strong as a team and could have scored more.”

Forrest added: “That should set the standard for us. We were gutted after Livi and the last two weeks have been hard.

“But we showed a great attitude on this occasion and that should be the benchmark for the league games to come now.”

The Hoops went back to their usual spot at the top of the Premiership after their scintillating showing.

*THE JOY OF SIX AS HOOPS FIRE BACK TO THE TOP

 

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