James Forrest explains impact of Celtic winter break after win v Brechin
Celtic winger James Forrest has claimed that that the winter break made a difference to the Hoops performance in the 5-0 Scottish Cup victory over Brechin on Saturday.
The Bhoys went into the break on the back of some stuttering performances, particularly in the goalless Old Firm derby.
But Forrest believes that the three weeks off were of a benefit to the Bhoys, and they are raring to go in the second-half of the season.
“With the amount of games we were playing everyone was looking forward to the break and now we can kick on,” Forrest said, as quoted by the official Celtic website.
“I think it was really beneficial and time will tell with the games coming up.
“We feel mentally refreshed as well as physically. so that’s a big part of it as well. It is hard but we’re back now and everyone is raring to go for the remainder of the season.”
The 26-year-old opened the scoring against Brechin after only two minutes, getting on the end of a 21 pass move. The goal was Forrest’s 13th of the season for a player who has to be amongst the favourites to be named Scotland’s player of the year.
The other Hoops goals came from Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata and Odsonne Edouard, as the defending champions booked their place in Sunday’s draw for the last sixteen of the cup.
The matches don’t stop for Forrest and the rest of his team-mates as they are next in action in a Glasgow derby against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night as the Hoops aim to maintain their eight point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
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