JAMES FORREST insists Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will not allow his players’ concentration to slip as they prepare for the run-in to the conclusion of a memorable campaign.

The sixth successive Premiership crown is back in the Parkhead trophy cabinet, the League Cup has been won and the Hoops will face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden a week on Sunday.

But the Hoops will be concentrating fully on the clash against Ross County in Dingwall on Sunday afternoon.

Forrest said: “The manager does that really well. He’s always preparing us for the next game, there’s no point looking one ahead.

“We will be preparing all week for Ross County and then obviously once the Rangers game comes along we’ll take care of that.”

Last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final against the same opponents proved pivotal in the Celtic career of Ronny Deila.

His two-year reign came to an end at the national stadium when the champions lost out on penalty-kicks after a 2-2 draw in extra-time.

Scott Brown saw his shot saved, Callum McGregor clattered the woodwork and Tom Rogic missed the target completely and it was all over for the Norwegian, opening the door for the Rodgers revolution.

Forrest, looking at last season’s semi-final horror show, added: “I don’t know if it will be motivation for us or not. The gaffer hasn’t mentioned it. 

“I can’t see us looking back at that because we didn’t win it last year. There’s no point focusing it, that’s in the past now.

“We just need to look forward. All the boys are positive and confident. We just need to take that into the game.”


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