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Aim­ing for 10th ti­tle will push us – For­rest

- Sports · Soccer · Celtic F.C. · Club Dallas

Celtic winger James For­rest is con­fi­dent the added pres­sure of go­ing for a record 10th con­sec­u­tive ti­tle will drive his team on to even higher stan­dards.

The Hoops have won the last 11 ma­jor tro­phies in Scot­land and are in the semi­fi­nals of the 2019-20 Scot­tish Cup, which is still due to be fin­ished.

The in­ten­sity will in­crease in the com­ing sea­son as Celtic aim for an un­prece­dented 10-ina-row af­ter match­ing the record first set by Jock Stein’s side and then equalled by Rangers in 1997.

For­rest has been in­volved in all nine ti­tle suc­cesses and is sure he and his team-mates can han­dle the de­mands.

“It’s the same as ev­ery year at Celtic,” the 28-year-old said.

“It’s ob­vi­ously mas­sive. Early on you are try­ing to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League

“We just try to turn the neg­a­tives into a pos­i­tive”

and you are ex­pected to win leagues and cups again. It puts pres­sure on the boys and it makes every­one play their best foot­ball.

“We are rar­ing to go from the start and just try to turn the neg­a­tives of the last few months into a pos­i­tive.

“All the boys know how big a club Celtic is. All the ones that came last year as well, it’s maybe af­ter one or two games that they re­alise how big Celtic is and the pres­sure ev­ery sin­gle game you are ex­pected to win in the league, and even in Europe.

“It does push you on as a player.”

For­rest be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence of their record-break­ing tro­phy run will stand them in good stead.

“Es­pe­cially the last cou­ple of years, how suc­cess­ful we have been with win­ning tre­bles, it doesn’t stop there,” he said.

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