Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has stated that he’s “grateful” for the performances of James Forrest.

The Scotland international put in a display to remember against Aberdeen today. He fired home a stunning opening goal to get the Hoops on their way against the Dons at Hampden.

The strike allowed Celtic to dominate and caused Aberdeen to lose their heads. Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic added goals number two and three respectively. It’s the first time under Lennon that Celtic have won a game by more than two goals this season.

James Forrest curled Celtic ahead at Hampden today (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Forrest has been a constant contributor to the Lennon era so far too. As well as his strike today, he also fired in crucial strikes against Hearts, Hibernian, and most famously Rangers. And, speaking to the BBC post-match (16:28), Lennon thanked the winger for his displays.

“He’s a beautifully balanced footballer, he’s having a great three or four years, but the potential was always there when he was a kid.

“He’s one of the best players in Britain now. His goal was top-class and set us on another tremendous victory.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding since I’ve come in the door, so I’m very, very grateful for his performances.”

 

Talismanic figure

Forrest perhaps won’t truly be appreciated until he hangs up the boots at Parkhead. He’s become such a big-game player under Lennon, and is proving to be an extremely reliable figure.

His goal return this season hasn’t been given enough praise either. He’s smashed home 22 goals in 58 appearances for club and country, with goals in the biggest games to his name. If Lennon gets the job, it’s no wonder he’ll want to thank Forrest.

 

Neil Lennon was delighted with his side’s performance against Aberdeen (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Of course, a special mention for Odsonne Edouard too. Perhaps nobody has been more valuable in Lennon’s stint so far than the towering Frenchman. Lennon is clearly getting the best out of him, as he’s scored four goals in six starts under the Northern Irishman.

Lennon needed today’s result and performance against Aberdeen at Hampden. Despite being helped by the red cards picked up by Dominic Ball and Lewis Ferguson respectively, there’s no denying Celtic bossed them for 90 minutes.

Forrest, as always on the big occasion, was central to that. It’s nice to see Lennon showing some genuine appreciation and thanks for individual displays.