CELTIC owe former boss Brendan Rodgers a debt of gratitude over the rise in form of winger James Forrest.

That’s the view of  ex-Rangers midfielder Alex Rae who believes the Scotland international has found a “different level” in recent years.

Forrest scored his seventh goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies on Saturday to ensure the Hoops’ 100 per cent start to the Premiership campaign after five games.

He will also be a key man for Neil Lennon when the champions play their opening Europa League group opener against Rennes in Brittany on Thursday night.

The wide Bhoy has been instrumental in the Parkhead outfit’s forays in Europe as well as the domestic front and scored the crucial opening goal against AIK Stockholm in Glasgow in the first leg on their play-off that led to a 6-1 landslide winning aggregate margin.

Rae, 49, has been impressed and, speaking to Ladbrokes Social Club, said: “You have to give credit to Brendan Rodgers because he developed him.

“He encouraged him.

“You look at Scott Sinclair over the last few years, coming in off the left-hand side.

“It’s a feature of Celtic’s play and it’s taken James Forrest to a different level.”


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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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