A BEAMING James Forrest sighed with relief when he claimed his special goal in the 3-0 win over Ross County in Dungwall yesterday.

The evergreen Celtic winger is among the select few who have scored in FIFTEEN consecutive Premier League seasons.

Thirty-two-year-old Forrest had stalled in previous appearances in this campaign, but made no mistake with a flying header near the end of the victory over the Highlanders following earlier strikes from David Turnbull and Luis Palma.

The Scotland international went into the match in the knowledge he was just one strike from maintaining a phenomenal sequence, as CQN pointed out prior to kick-off.

FLYING HIGH…James Forrest takes off as he bullets a historic header past Ross County keeper Ross Laidlaw for Celtic’s third goal in the 3-0 win in Dingwall.

Only seven minutes remained when Palma, who had been lively since replacing Daizen Maeda just after the hour mark, clipped over a delightful cross from the left and his team-mate didn’t break stride as he threw himself full-length at the back post to bullet an effort beyond the heroic Ross Laidlaw.

Forrest said: “I’ve had a few chances this season and I’ve not managed to score, so there is relief and I’m buzzing to score and get off the mark this season.

“I’ve not scored many with my head, but I will take anything.

“The game was made more difficult when they went down to 10 early and it’s credit to the team that they weren’t getting frustrated.

“The goal from David right before half-time settled us down more in the second-half.”

HAPPY DAZE…a joyous James Forrest celebrates to the acclaim of the travelling support.

Forrest replaced captain Callum McGregor just before his historic goal and, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “In the last couple of the games, the manager has changed the team and it’s good for him and the players that everyone gets some game time.

“People are coming in and contributing, so it’s good for others to get a rest.

“We have a Champions League game away from home against a top team, I think everyone is looking forward to it and Tuesday night will be no different.”

The Hoops now face Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital before returning to Premiership action in the televised 2.30pm meeting with Aberdeen at Parkhead a week today.


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