Former Celtic star Tony Watt has hailed James Forrest after his display against Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup final – and believes the 26-year-old is the “best player” at the Parkhead giants.

Forrest scored the opener for Celtic at Hampden on Sunday before picking up the man of the match award to round off a fantastic afternoon’s work for the winger.

The Scotland star was a constant threat down the right wing for Brendan Rodgers’ side and got his reward early in the second-half when he opened the scoring with a brilliantly taken goal.

Watt, who played alongside Forrest for Celtic, insisted his old team-mate is the best player at Rodgers’ disposal when he’s “fit and confident.”

“Frightening mate!” Watt said in a comment on his personal Twitter account.

“Always said keep him fit and if he’s confident he’s best player in that team.”

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Watt – who now plays in Belgium – famously scored the winner for the Hoops against Barcelona in 2012 but struggled to make any lasting impression at Celtic Park,

Forrest has made 260 appearances for the Scottish champions since making his first-team debut in 2010.

The winger has been an integral part of Rodgers’ side as they have romped to a record-breaking 65 game unbeaten domestic run stretching back to Ronny Deila’s last game in charge as manager.

The Scotland winger has scored eight times this season in 26 appearances.

In other Celtic news, ex-Hoops manager Neil Lennon has taken a brutal swipe at Rangers for their manager search.

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