James Forrest can carve out bit of Celtic history by overtaking Lisbon Lion

That the Lisbon Lions will always be the greatest Celtic side of all will never be in dispute, but it’s a measure of the current team’s dominance that they are achieving things that even Jock Stein’s band of heroes didn’t manage.

From an invincible Treble to a treble Treble, records have tumbled one after the other and James Forrest has his eye on his latest target.

The flying winger has scored in three winning League Cup finals, against Dundee United in a 2-0 win in 2014/15, Aberdeen in a 3-0 victory in 2016/17 and seeing off Motherwell 2-0 a year later.

That equals the Celtic record of fellow Ayrshire speed merchant Bobby Lennox, who scored the only goal of the game in October 1966, as Celtic embarked on their all-conquering season.

The Buzz Bomb then netted in a 5-2 win over Dundee the following season and helped made it three-in-a-row in the competition, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Hibs in 1969.

With Rangers awaiting in this year’s final in December, Forrest knows he can carve out his own piece of Celtic history.

More importantly, it’ll mean the team has kept his grip on the trophy.

He said: “That’s a personal record but if I do manage to score I’ll be helping the team so it would be good all round,” reports the Record.

“We are into another final and the team is playing really well. Hopefully, we can stick another trophy in the bag,” he continued.

The last time Celtic lost a cup-tie was when Ronny Deila’s side lost a penalty shoot-out against Mark Warburton’s Ibrox side.

The pain of that defeat stung all at the club and helped propel the Hoops on the way to an amazing nine domestic trophies in succession.

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With 10 in their sights, December’s clash is one that Forrest can’t wait for.

He said: “It will be a tough game but we’re looking forward to it. In the last few years we’ve played them in semi-finals but to meet them in a final is a big one.

“It’s a big game any time you play against Rangers, home or away in the Cup.

“But to do it in a cup final will be huge.”


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