JAMES FORREST praised the onfield leadership qualities of captain Scott Brown following Celtic’s 2-1 triumph over Rangers at Parkhead yesterday.
The champions stretched their lead at the top of the Premiership to 13 points as they eye their eighth successive Scottish crown.
Hoops skipper Brown was involved in controversial flashpoint incidents durign and AFTER an explosive encounter in the east end of Glasgow.
Controversial Ibrox frontman Alfredo Morelos was sent packing for the FIFTH time during a sdtormy campaign after thumping an elbow into the 33-yaer-old midfielder’s face just after the half-hour mark.
Ryan Kent should have been handing similar punishment after clearly punching Brown in the immediate aftermath of the second goal, scored by James Forrest in the 86th minute.
At the final whistle, Andy Halliday was involved in a heated confrontation with the former Scotland international captain and copped a second yellow card from referee Bobby Madden.
WALLOP…Ryan Kent thumps a fist into Scott Brown’s face.
At the end of a hectic, chaotic encounter, Forrest, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Broony’s unbelievable for the squad on and off the park.
“I’ve never played with anyone who has got so much about him. You see him on the park, he just gets everyone working.
“I don’t know what happened with the red card, but he is always keeping going, he is always fighting and you see him at the end, he is a real plus to have in the team.
“It’s an Old Firm game and everyone wants to win, their players are the same. With the shift Browny puts in and what he’s done for the team, he is obviously buzzing and it’s a big result.”
Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring for the champions in the 27th minute when he ran from his own half onto a superb first-time pass from Forrest.
The Frenchman powered away from Connor Goldson, tricked Joe Worrell and finished with an unstoppable left-foot drive that raged wide of the unprotected Allan McGregor.
Steven Gerrard’s side drew level after a neat move between Daniel Candeias and James Tavernier set up Kent who finished with a fine low drive beyond Scott Bain.
Edouard then set up the winner for Forrest to crash past McGregor to make certain the points were remaining in the east end of Glasgow.