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1st Dec, 2017 | 10:05am

Davie Hay: This Celtic star 'at the top of his game' could be player of the year

Davie Hay believes that James Forrest is “at the top of his game” this season, and his form is on par with that of player of the year Scott Sinclair’s last season.

Forrest has managed to stay fit for the majority of this season, and Celtic have been rewarded with a series of fine performances, the latest a man of the match display in the Betfred Cup Final against Motherwell.

Forrest opened the scoring in the Cup Final with a trademark goal from the edge of the penalty box.

He has also kept Patrick Roberts out of the team, which is a surprise to many as the on-loan Man City man was perhaps Celtic’s best player towards the end of last season.

“I actually think that Forrest has started this season the way that Scott Sinclair started last year – he has been consistently on it, especially in the big, high pressure games,” Hay said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“I think many people would have expected that Patrick Roberts would have had taken precedence over Forrest in the team this term.

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“But having missed a pre-season, Forrest took his chance and you would have to say that he deserves to be in there because of his performances.”

Forrest has scored eight goals this season, including the vital Champions League qualification winner over Rosenborg and a goal against Astana at Celtic Park in the play-off stage.

Forrest and Celtic are next in action tomorrow against Motherwell, as the trilogy of games between the sides finally comes to and end.

In other Celtic news, Scott Brown has been critical of the SPFL’s scheduling of Celtic games

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