The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Aiming for 10th title will push us – Forrest


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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