James Forrest admits it’s a “bit strange” for Celtic not to find themselves at the top of the Premiership table.

Neil Lennon’s men relinquished top spot following defeat to Livingston prior to the international break. That slip up on the Almondvale astroturf allowed Rangers to stride ahead by a couple of points – something that has happened rarely in the last decade.

However, Forrest reckons not being top could actually help his Celtic side as it will keep them alert at all times.

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He told the Scotsman: “We’d been doing really well though, obviously, we had a bad performance and a bad result just before the international break, but have a lot of big games coming up now and our squad will be used to the full. We’re all going to push on now.

 

“It’s a bit strange not being at the top of the table because it’s around ten months since that was last the case but it keeps us on our toes because we know that if we slip up then Rangers are winning regularly so it’s vital that we take the three points off Ross County on Saturday.”

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Forrest and his Celtic teammates must learn their lessons

If Forrest and his teammates have learned any lessons from their two most recent domestic games it must be that they can’t afford to take anything for granted. Many would have expected us to take maximum points from the two away games against Hibernian and Livingston and the fact we won neither just shows how tough it is to win a title.

Every opposition side is going to raise their game against us and we must make sure we match their intensity.

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We know that Rangers will drop points between now and Christmas and if we win every game we will go into the New Year on top. Hopefully the players can use that “strange” feeling of not being top and get back to normality – starting this weekend against Ross County.

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