JAMES FORREST has admitted to striking it rich at Celtic due to the quality of the goalscorers he has played alongside.

The 28-year-old Scotland international winger celebrated his ninth successive title triumph following the SPFL’s historic decision to award the crown to the Hoops 12 days ago.

Forrest, alongside skipper Scott Brown, has been involved in every victory on the impressive sequence of flag victories and chipped in with 17 goals to push Neil Lennon’s men to the Premiership pinnacle with a 13-point advantage with only eight games to play before the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic

The exciting raider has obviously picked up a hint or two from the team’s attack leaders as he also claimed 16 in the previous campaign.

Forrest, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I have been fortunate enough to play with many good strikers during my time at Celtic and they all help you in different ways to get better.

“Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes were great players and they had a real understanding. They used to link together really well.

THREE CHEERS…James Forrest and Callum McGregor congratulate Odsonne Edouard after another goal.

“Georgios Samaras was a player who could do lots of things and you look at the amount of goals that Leigh Griffiths has scored since signing for Celtic, it’s fantastic.

“Even in the past couple of years I’ve heard and seen quite a few people trying to compare Moussa Dembele with Odsonne Edouard.

“You can’t really do it because, although they play in the same position, they are different players.

“Obviously, Moussa did so well at Celtic and is doing so again at Lyon, while Odsonne has been brilliant for us. Moussa was powerful and quick while Odsonne likes the ball to feet and his link-up play is superb.

“Odsonne is doing tremendous things for us at the moment. He’s really chilled and laid back, but he’s come up with really big goals and big performances and it’s great to have him in the team.

“The one thing that you would say about every single one of those strikers is that they are all top-class finishers who could score all types of different goals.

“I certainly would not like to be the manager who had to pick one or two out of those guys.”

Forrest has revealed it was former manager Brendan Rodgers who kick-started his goal spree.

He added: “Rodgers wanted the goals spread out and the numbers from the other players have gone up since that time.

“It was made important that you cannot rely on one player to score all of the goals.”

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