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Monday 18 December 2017

Forrest: No let-up from Celts despite points cushion

JAMES Forrest insists there will be no let-up among the Celtic players as they motor towards the Scottish Premier League title and a possible treble.

The Hoops went 20 points ahead of administration-hit Rangers last night with their 2-0 win over bottom side Dunfermline at Parkhead.

Charlie Mulgrew celebrated his first Scotland call-up for next week's friendly in Slovenia with a wonderful strike in the 33rd minute to break the deadlock.

After the break, on a night of numerous missed chances by Neil Lennon's team, substitute Forrest, on for Emilio Izaguirre, made it two from close range.

Celtic have won their last 19 domestic games and the Scotland winger is looking to carry on that form against Motherwell at Parkhead on Saturday.

"The gaffer knows the boys in the team won't let the 20 points get to our heads," said Forrest.

"We still need to go and keep winning every game and that is what we are trying to do and hopefully it continues.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game against Dunfermline and it was the same at the start of the season when we beat them 2-1.

"If you don't score early then you will make it tough for yourself."

Forrest praised his new Scotland team-mate Mulgrew for his powerful drive which broke the deadlock.

He said: "Charlie has scored some magnificent goals this season and came up with another important goal."

At no time did Dunfermline look as if they might take something from the game and they remain at the bottom of the table fighting for their SPL status along with Hibernian.

Manager Jim McIntyre, though, has far from given up hope of survival.

He said: "When you have a fighting spirit and they are all grafting, and you see them every day on the training ground, then that gives you great hope and I have every confidence that we can stay in this league."

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