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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC STAR ADMITS FEAR OF LOSING, McCANN EYES ON HEARTS, EX-GER GETS BOSS JOB

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JAMES FORREST, with 17 medals in his trophy cabinet and a new four-year contract, could become a History Bhoy when Celtic face Rangers in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday, December 8.

The Scotland international winger has scored in three showdowns in the competition and he now has Steven Gerrard’s side in his sights.

Another strike would see Forrest surpass Bobby Lennox’s haul of hitting the net in three League Cup-winning teams.

However, the attacker who missed out against Hibs on Saturday night as Mohamed Elyounoussi and Scott Brown took the scoring spotlight with two apiece and Callum McGregor chipping in with the other in the 5-2 win, insisted the team is a lot more important than individual glory.

Forrest, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “That’s a personal record, but if I do manage to score I’ll be helping the team, so it would be good all round.

“We are into another Final and the team is playing really well. Hopefully, we can stick another trophy in the bag.”

The Hoops have now gone 30 games unbeaten in domestic knock-out competitions and the tricky raider added: “The consistency is unbelievable. A few of the boys have 
experienced a lot of these results. When you get to these semi-finals you just look forward to the next one.

“Everyone has been in Finals and semis when they haven’t won and it just makes you even more determined to win them.

“It’s a great feeling when you do – but the feeling of losing stays with you longer.”

NEIL McCANN has admitted he would be interested in taking over as manager of Hearts in place of Craig Levein who was sacked on Thursday.

The former Tynecastle winger, who was axed as Dundee boss last year after 18 months in charge, could be a candidate for the post while the club are understood to have been “inundated” with applications for the position.

Austin MacPhee took the team on a caretaker basis in the disappointing 3-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final defeat against Rangers at Hampden yesterday.

McCann, who had two spells as a player at the Edinburgh outfit, told the BBC: “Of course, I’d take it. You would be off your head if you didn’t want a job like that.

“But it’s going to be a big list and you’re going to have to clamber over a lot of people to get to the top of it.”

RUSSELL MARTIN, the former Rangers and Scotland defender, has been appointed boss of League One side MK Dons following Paul Tisdale’s dismissal on Saturday evening.

The side currently sit 21st in the table and made the managerial switch following a run of eight losses in their last nine games.

Martin, 33, earned his coaching badges over the summer and takes over on a short-term deal until January.

He joined MK Dons as a player in January and was voted the club’s Player of the Month in September.

 

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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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