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‘FORREST HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING FOR ME,’ ADMITS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS praised James Forrest and insisted the winger deserved more credit for his consistent contributions to the team.

The Celtic boss rates the Scotland international highly and believes he has played his part in the club’s 55-game unbeaten run against Scottish opposition.

Forrest, after scoring two goals in the 4-0 win over Ross County at the weekend, is standing by to keep his place in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final against Dundee at Dens Park tonight.

Rodgers said: “James is a joy to work with. He’s been absolutely brilliant for us while scoring some really important goals in the Champions League. He’s been outstanding for me.

“His two goals on Saturday were very good goals. For the first one, he anticipates it well and with his other goal he’s come inside, there’s hardly any space at all, and he just bends it into the bottom corner.

“He’s a player I love working with. He’s got a lot of talent and because he comes in and plays the games without any fuss, I don’t think he always get the credit that he deserves.

“James is a great player for our squad and when he plays he contributes.”

The Hoops gaffer added: “He was one of the most impressive players when I first came in.

“And in my first pre-season here, he was arguably my best player. I’ve always known him to be absolutely outstanding.

“I think the key for James has been to have an individual training programme that allows him to train how you want him to play and he’s been able to take that consistency on the training field into the games.

“His job is very simple. When he has the ball, he has to create and score goals and he’s done that consistently.”

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