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Forrest expects Hoops to reach greater heights on home soil


By Ronnie Esplin

James Forrest believes Celtic will be stronger in next week's second leg of their Champions League qualifier following their 3-0 first-leg win over Alashkert on Tuesday night.

In the searing heat in Yerevan, the Scottish champions put themselves into a commanding position ahead of the return match in Glasgow thanks to goals from French striker Odsonne Edouard, winger Forrest and midfielder Callum McGregor.

Brendan Rodgers' side need to negotiate four qualifying rounds this year to reach the lucrative and prestigious group stages for the third year running.

Forrest acknowledged the importance of Celtic's two late goals - he scored in the 81st minute before setting up McGregor for his 90th minute strike - and believes they can build on that performance at Parkhead.

"We finished the game strong," he said. "We got another two goals and I think we could have scored another couple as well, so I'm glad we kept the clean sheet and we will take that into next week and I think we will be stronger as well.

"We knew how hot it was going to be.

"We couldn't play the way we normally do but I think that was good for our confidence, to show we can go out in different conditions and play good football."

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