JAMES FORREST has warned Celtic fans not to expect too many headers like the one that brought the win and the much-needed three points against St Mirren in Paisley on Wednesday.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1, the Scotland winger took off on an athletic dive to get his head on another superb cross from Ryan Christie.
Forrest made perfect contact and keeper Bobby Zlamal didn’t have an earthly as the ball raged past him into the back of the net for a fitting winner on an evening of toil against Jim Goodwin’s stubborn Saints.
It was an uphill battle for the nine-in-a-row champions after Lee Erwin scrambled the home outfit into a third-minute lead, but Shane Duffy came to the rescue with his second goal in as many games when he nodded in a Christie free-kick. That set it up perfectly for Forrest to launch his header beyond the Paisley side’s on-loan netminder for the points-clincher in the first-half.
HEAD MASTER…James Forrest’s effort sizzles beyond the helpless Bobby Zlamal.
The 29-year-old Scotland international flanker is approaching 100 goals for the club, but the glittering list of strikes does not feature too many flying efforts straight from his napper.
Forrest, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “I’ve not scored many headers, but I’m buzzing with that one because it was an important goal to put us 2-1 up.
“I thought Big Duffy was going to get his head on it and I was behind him. I can’t really remember much of it, but I’m delighted with the header and I don’t think I’ll score many more of them.
“The manager’s pleased with that and we were a threat from set-pieces. That’s a different part of our game and it’s good to have that when we come up against teams who sit back.”
Forrest, who now has Livingston in his sights when they arrive at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon where a win will put the title kings back on top of the Premiership, added: “We’re delighted with the three points. St Mirren made it hard for us and they scored early, but we got the three points in the end and I’m happy to have got on the scoresheet, as well.
“St Mirren are a good team and they had some good chances, as well. We knew we had to be at our best and make the most of the chances that we created, so we could take all three points.”