JAMES FORREST, four-goal hero of Celtic’s 6-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park yesterday, has hit back at claims there is a split in the champions’ dressing room.

Kilmarnock’s ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd created a stir last week when he insisted there were divisions at Parkhead.

But Scotland international winger Forrest said: “We have heard people say that, but since the manager came in the changing room has been very solid.

“It’s easy to say there is a split in the changing room when you get a few bad results.

“But you can see we are getting there, there is definitely no split.

“We have a great bunch of lads who are working hard and this result will give us a boost going into the matches after the break.”

Forrest, who claimed his first hat-trick for the club in a 3-2 win over Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup in February, went one better in a devastating display in Perth against a Saints side who ended the humiliation with 10 men after Danny Swanson was red-carded for a wild lunge at the player.

The 27-year-old touchline terror added: “That’s the first time I have scored four goals for Celtic, so it’s great.

“The manager has been wanting us to become more ruthless again and I think you saw that hunger from us from start to finish.

“We couldn’t have done much better – a result like that has been coming. We have been playing okay, but not taking the chances. However, we did that on this occasion and the score reflects it.

“Getting the goal early helps, after that we were pressing high up the park and creating chances.

“Was this my best performance? The goals were unbelievable, there is nothing better for your confidence than scoring. ”

Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor were the other marksmen for the team that had scored only seven goals from as many league outings before they hit the afterburners against Tommy Wright’s outfit.

The landslide victory moved the seven-in-a-row champions to within three points of leaders Hearts who lost their unbeaten Premiership record in a 3-1 defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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