Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Stephen Craigan: Forrest a bonus for Celtic

Celtic's James Forrest celebrates scoring the second goal with Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper during the William Hill Scottish Cup, Fifth Round match at Starks Park, Raith
Celtic's James Forrest celebrates scoring the second goal with Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper during the William Hill Scottish Cup, Fifth Round match at Starks Park, Raith

Professional, patient and clinical are words I'd use to describe Celtic's Scottish Cup win over Raith Rovers on Sunday.

Neil Lennon's men have had their fair share of domestic cup disappointment in recent seasons but he'll be pleased the way his players coped at Kirkcaldy.

The conditions weren't ideal but once Celtic broke the resistance of Raith and got the measure of a heavy pitch there was going to be only one winner.

The big bonus for Celtic was the return to action for James Forrest.

In certain games they have missed his trickery and ability to break down resolute and well organised defences and, with less than two weeks to the eagerly anticipated Juventus Champions League game at Parkhead, Forrest's return has come at the right time.

Meanwhile, the draw for the Scottish Cup quarter finals has paired Celtic with St Mirren who recently defeated them at Hampden Park in the League Cup semi-final so, undoubtedly, revenge will be Celtic's motivation for that game.

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