JAMES FORREST led from the front as he inspired Celtic to a crucial 2-1 triumph over Dundee at Dens Park at the weekend.

The 32-year-old winger’s double salvo – with the ferocious first-time drive from the edge of the box for the opener particularly memorable – will prove to be a massive contribution to the champions’ quest for a third successive title.

With four games to go, the Hoops have a three-point advantage as they focus on being crowned kings for the twelfth time in 13 years.

GOLDEN SHOT…James Forrest thunders an unstoppable first-time drive towards the Dundee net for Celtic’s breakthrough goal at Dens Park on Sunday. 

Forrest also has his eyes on his twelfth winners’ medal having been in at the start of the glorious run after being introduced to the first team by Neil Lennon for his debut on May 1 2010 when he scored his first Celtic goal of 107 in the 4-0 home triumph over Motherwell.

The Scotland international forward will be aiming to continue his late-season surge when Brendan Rodgers’ men prepare for Saturday’s encounter with Hearts at Parkhead.

Ironically, one player who will be doing his utmost to derail that ambition is his younger brother Alan, 27, who is likely to get the nod from Steven Naismith to figure in the action in the east end of Glasgow.

There’s a lot more than bragging rights or sibling rivalry at stake on this occasion.

OH, BROTHER…there’s no holding back as James and Alan Forrest crunch into the tackle as Brendan Rodgers looks on during Celtic’s 4-1 win at Tynecastle in October.

Forrest, the Celtic version, enjoyed success at Tynecastle in the 4-1 victory in October, but there was an unfortunate role reversal when the Edinburgh side staged a 2-0 smash and grab against their out-of-sorts hosts in Glasgow two months later.

And Forrest, of the Hearts variety, emerged as a winner again when capital punishment was inflicted upon the visitors – on and off the pitch – in the hosts’ controversial 2-0 success in early March.

The Celt, though, is out to make sure he emerges triumphant in this latest episode of A Family At War.

Let the battle of the brothers commence – and may the better sibling win.

Just so long as he is wearing green and white hoops.




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