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Getting back to winning ways has given Celts real lift: Forrest

 

By Ronnie Esplin

James Forrest claimed victory over Hamilton on Wednesday made Celtic "feel good" about themselves following the stalemate at Hibernian last weekend.

The Hoops were involved in a fraught and frantic 2-2 draw at Easter Road which took their unbeaten domestic run to 68 games, a record which was extended further but with less worry against Accies at Parkhead.

After Hamilton midfielder Danny Redmond cancelled out Olivier Ntcham's stunning 12th-minute volley, Forrest grabbed his 11th goal of the season when he took a Stuart Armstrong pass and rounded Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods.

Fellow winger Scott Sinclair added a third a minute later to give the home side a comfortable interval lead, and ultimately keep the champions five points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a game in hand over Rangers and Aberdeen.

"It was really important after Sunday that we got the three points and scored a few goals and to feel good about ourselves again," said Forrest.

"They came out and made it hard for us and once they scored, it was important we got back ahead again pretty quickly."

Brendan Rodgers' side have five games remaining before the end of December, which precedes the winter break, but Forrest has no concerns with fatigue.

The 26-year-old Scotland winger said: "We have a strong squad and the manager knows he can rotate it."

Forrest was not surprised to see France Under-21 midfielder Ntcham collect the man of the match award against Accies.

He said: "He has looked really good. He's a really good player and has scored a couple of goals."

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