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Lennon is proud of James Forrest development

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: James Forrest of Celtic controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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The Celtic boss gave Forrest his debut at the team in 2010, and now he’s full of praise for the work his footballer has done at the club.

On May 1, 2010, James Forrest debuted for Scottish Premier League club Celtic thanks to manager Neil Lennon.

Now both Celtic men are working together again, as they are aiming for the national treble.

“I said to James before the game, ‘I remember you scoring goals with your left-foot. You scored a worldie at Celtic Park against Hearts as a kid, and you’re probably due one,’ and then he goes and curls in absolute beauty,” Lennon said to the club’s official website.

“What a player he is and there’s so much more to come from him. He’s the same kid I’ve known for 10 years and he’s been prolific for me. It was an outstanding goal to set us off for a great victory.”

“If I play Jonny left and Jamesy on the right we can make the pitch big. Jonny’s got pace and I like his directness and power. He grew more and more into the game. As the game went on, he got stronger and stronger. He won the penalty and was a constant threat for us in the second half,” he added.

“I thought Jozo Simunovic was absolutely fantastic and I’m delighted for him.”

“He’s had a horrific time with injuries and we’ve been trying to manage him through it. I thought he set the tone for the rest of the team. He handled Sam Cosgrove well in the physical battle and showed the technical ability that I’ve never seen before from him,” he continued.

“He set the tone with his drives through to get the shot off. It was very positive and everything we wanted from the team. Jozo lit the fuse for us with that running shot, although he should’ve scored from the subsequent corner!”