By Emma Sanders

James Forrest has praised Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as “excellent” after the team’s Scottish League Cup final triumph on Sunday.

The playmaker produced a sensational performance as the Hoops recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over league rivals Aberdeen to secure their first piece of silverware for the season.

It was Rodgers’ first taste of success since joining in the summer and Celtic look set to pick up more silverware as they continue to dominate in the Scottish Premiership.

They currently hold an eight-point lead over Rangers and remain unbeaten throughout the league campaign so far and Forrest says it is down to the influence of Rodgers.

“He [Rodgers] has been excellent with all the boys from day one. All of them repaid him with the trophy and hopefully we can continue to do that,” said Forrest, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

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“He has just been so positive and hopefully we can keep going and win more. The work they do, all the coaches behind the scenes, is top notch. We are just buzzing to get this trophy in the bag early doors.”

Forrest was outstanding in the final at Hampden Park and scored Celtic’s second goal after a powerful driving run from midfield, before earning a penalty in the second-half.

His man-of-the-match performance earned Celtic their third victory against Aberdeen this season and their eighth successive clean sheet in Scotland.

The 25-year-old was often overlooked last season but has been given a chance to shine under Rodgers and he’s taken it and has now become an important player in the side.

So far this season, he has already made 24 appearances in all competitions and his goal against Aberdeen was his sixth of the season.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider analysed the game against Aberdeen and here are the three things we learned.