James Forrest determined to finish perfect season


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James Forrest wants to put the finishing touches on a perfect personal season when Celtic face Hearts in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

The winger completed a personal treble by adding the Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Season award to the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers’ Association prizes he has already collected.

Should the Hoops take care of Craig Levein’s side at the National Stadium they, too, will land another treble.

In doing so, Celtic would become the first side in Scottish football history to complete a ‘treble treble’, achieving a unique ‘nine in a row’ of their very own.

Forrest has played a key role for the Hoops and was also key to Scotland’s UEFA Nations League success. The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals for club and country in the 2018/19 campaign and feels it is a landmark season personally.

“I’m really grateful to have won this award and it’s an indication of what a great season we have had as a team,” he said on picking up his latest gong.

“Last season was my best season in terms of stats, but I have kicked on again this season and I have had the added aspect of the international scene and doing well for Scotland.”

The Jambos stand between Neil Lennon’s team and their latest slice of history and Forrest is expecting a tough examination. “We know it will be tough against Hearts on Saturday but we are so determined to finish the season with all three trophies again,” he added.

Celtic are 1.44 to beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final, with Craig Levein’s side 7.50 and the draw 4.33.

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