Forrest keen to keep the momentum going at Celtic after scoring against Rangers

Winger James Forrest admits the prospect of Celtic winning seven titles in a row was unimaginable when he was trying to break through from the youth ranks at Parkhead.

The 26-year-old hammered in his first goal against Rangers with his 17th strike of the season in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of their city rivals as Brendan Rodgers’ men wrapped up yet another title with a record league win over the Govan men.

The victory confirmed another league winners’ medal for the highly-decorated Scotland international, and the remarkable feat is something Forrest could not envisage when he was a Hoops hopeful.

He said: “I always remember coaches telling me as I came through the youth ranks that not many players make it, especially at a club like Celtic.

“Very few come right through. The dream is to make your debut and after that you want more. I just want to keep going.”

Forrest brought an end to the teasing he had to endure from younger brother Alan, the Ayr United midfielder, who notched against the Light Blues in a 2-1 defeat at Ibrox in 2014, and who had sent a message before the game urging his older sibling to score.

“His message said, ‘give us a goal today’,” added the Hoops winger, looking forward to the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell at Hampden on May 19, where a Celtic win would see them complete an unprecedented successive domestic treble.

“I managed to do that. I was buzzing.

“He has been on at me about it for a wee while now. I am delighted to score, help the team get three points, keep a clean sheet and score a lot of goals. I am just delighted all round.

“I have been delighted with the way the full season has gone.

“Scoring on Sunday was incredible for me personally and for the team. We just want to keep the momentum going now for the next couple of games going into the cup final.”

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